Third to first

• Saturday's game against the Dodgers marks the lone 2014 Cactus League night game for the South Siders. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the two starting pitchers, with the game close to being sold out.

Erik Johnson, working in a Minor League game instead of against the Indians, allowed five earned runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. The most important part of the afternoon was getting his pitch count up to 78, with 49 of Johnson's pitches going for strikes.

"I felt good. I thought I could have worked ahead a lot more," Johnson said. "The curveball could have been thrown for more strikes. Like [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] says a lot, 'We want more,' and I want more as well, more strikes."

Paul Konerko finished 1-for-3 during the Minor League game. Adrian Nieto added two hits, and Jared Mitchell went deep.

• After an uneven 2013 season as primarily a starter, Dylan Axelrod adjusted his mechanics during the offseason.

"Just a few things with my arm path, it's a little shorter," Axelrod said. "I'm trying to hide the ball better, staying closed a lot longer, some things with my front side where I'm not flying open.

"I'm just really trying to stay back to front as we say here. When I do it right, the ball comes out well. I'm excited about that."

Axelrod, who worked three scoreless innings on Friday against Indians, had a 4.04 ERA over his first 11 starts in '13. But that ERA jumped to 5.88 in June and 11.32 in July, when he moved back to the bullpen.

Matt Lindstrom remains on track to throw a bullpen Saturday after throwing one Thursday. Lindstrom is working his way back from a left oblique strain.

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.