Third to first

Third to first

Paul Konerko got an off-day on Wednesday, but it was primarily about Ventura resting the captain on a day game after a late-running night game.

"Guys at that age get a little tighter a day game after a night game," Ventura said. "Let him have a little spa day."

Dayan Viciedo's sore left thumb continues to improve, but not enough to return to the lineup. The left fielder had missed five straight games.

"He's getting closer to where he can catch and go out in the field," Ventura said. "It wouldn't be a stretch for him to go out there and catch normally. Right now he's still tentative and would compensate to be able to go out there and play. So we'll wait to make it where it's not."

• Marcus Semien was named the Southern League Topps Player of the Month for July after batting .372 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham. Semien, 22, led the Southern League in batting average, runs (28), walks (29), hits (35), extra-base hits (18), total bases (70), on-base percentage (.524), slugging percentage (.745) and OPS (1.269) in the month.

The sixth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 1, and is expected to get a September call-up to the White Sox. He has 99 runs scored between his two stops, which rank behind only the White Sox Micah Johnson (100) in all the Minors.

• The White Sox are 7-13 in extra innings this season after Tuesday's 4-3 win in 11 innings.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.