• White Sox Minor League pitcher Pedro Rodriguez was suspended for 50 games without pay after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as announced by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on Friday.
Rodriguez, who currently is on the team's Dominican Summer League roster, was signed by the organization in June and is not considered a top prospect. He tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
"We continue to work with Major League Baseball to educate our players and teach them that they have to deal with the ramifications of violating the policy and make sure that's clear to them," said White Sox vice president of communications Scott Reifert in a statement from the team concerning the suspension.
• After Addison Reed became the first closer in White Sox history to save six straight games, Ventura expressed a desire to stay away from using the right-hander on Friday night.
• The White Sox held the lead at some point in 17 of their last 18 games entering Friday's game against the Rangers.
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