Third to first

• Monday's 8-1 loss was by the worst of the young season for the White Sox, but Ventura knows it could have gotten truly ugly, since the Rockies banged out 13 hits and received five walks.

After starter Felipe Paulino lasted just 4 1/3 innings, Ventura was fortunate to be able to finish the game with just two relievers, Daniel Webb, who worked 1 2/3 innings and Jake Petricka (two innings).

Referring to the lopsided loss, Ventura said, "Here it can happen. You need to pitch well here. You can't walk guys. Errors and walks will kill you here, plus they've got a good hitting team. Those are just things you have to clean up to be able to compete here. With as many guys as they had on base, it could have been a lot worse.

"Here you have to forget about last night real quick. It's just a different place to play than anywhere else in the league. For guys to come in here -- what they're used to doesn't really happen."

• The Rockies started left-hander Franklin Morales. Ventura said in an American League game with the designated hitter, Paul Konerko "probably" would be the DH. But this early in the season, Ventura said first baseman Jose Abreu didn't need a day off, so Konerko wasn't in the lineup at that position.

• Second baseman Gordon Beckham (left oblique strain) did not play in either game Monday of Double-A Birmingham's doubleheader. Ventura said he had no update on Beckham, who began a rehab assignment with the Barons on Thursday as their DH but was shut down after feeling pain in his left oblique area while swinging. The Barons were off Tuesday.

• The White Sox entered Tuesday having scored 14 runs in four road games. Four of those runs came in the ninth inning Sunday at Kansas City. They then tallied a 15-3 rout Tuesday night.

Jack Etkin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.