Third to first

• Courtney Hawkins, the organization's No. 5 prospect per, continues to lead the Carolina League with 30 RBIs. He has a .971 OPS to go with seven homers and six doubles.

• Since Sunday, April 27, the White Sox have faced past Cy Young winners in David Price, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, not to mention starters with great stuff in Jeff Samardzija, Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber. The White Sox split those six games.

"We've been blessed to have faced everyone's best at their best," said Dunn with a smile.

"It's good for us though," Semien said. "You've got to beat the best to be the best."

• Entering Wednesday's contest, White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom had thrown 25 career scoreless innings against the Cubs over 25 appearances.

• White Sox pregame stretch started about 20 minutes early Wednesday so the team could run through drills focused on fundamentals as well as pitchers' fielding practice.

"When you have a day like today, you bring it back out just as a refresher course, stuff that you haven't been able to work on for a while," Ventura said. "You want to be able to work on it and stay sharp at it."

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.