• Ventura wasn't fooled by Alex Gordon's catch on Alexei Ramirez's long drive to left in Friday's 6-1 loss. The fireworks went off after Gordon leapt up the wall, landed, then caught the ball in front of the White Sox bullpen.
"What I saw was him jump on the fence, and then come down off the fence and catch the ball," Ventura said Saturday. "And the fireworks and the organ playing. I wasn't fooled by it. I wasn't in charge of the fireworks. I know you probably think that, but we don't have a button here for the fireworks and we don't have an organ either."
• Ventura played two years with Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter as part of the Yankees. So he had an extra appreciation for Thursday's great baseball moment, when Pettitte and Jeter came to the mound to take out the game's greatest closer for the final time.
"It's a touching moment for all of them coming up together and playing together," Ventura said. "You don't see that too often that teammates last that long together, let alone in New York for that long. So it was nice to see."
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