Third to first

Third to first

Andre Rienzo said the blister on his pitching hand is healing, and he's ready to start Thursday's opener of the season's final series against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

• Left-handed reliever David Purcey has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a strain in his left ulnar collateral ligament. Surgery is not required at this time, and he is expected to heal with rest after posting a 2.13 ERA over 24 games.

"He's done a pretty good job this year to where you give him an honest look at doing something," Ventura said of Purcey and his White Sox future.

• The White Sox's 45 losses against the AL Central are the most in team history.

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