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• Dunn, a Houston native, is hitting .308 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in his last 21 games vs. the Astros. Dunn's 14 career home runs at Minute Maid Park are the fourth-most by a visiting, active player, behind Albert Pujols (24), Aramis Ramirez (23) and Prince Fielder (15).

"It's good. It's refreshing," said Dunn, who stays at home with his family when the White Sox are in Houston. "You get a nice little break and can sleep in your own bed. It's nice when during the season you get a little home-cooked meal. You can be home and try to relax a little bit."

• The White Sox have a 96-81 record vs. the American League West since 2009, the third-best mark in the AL. They have gone 51-32 at home and 45-49 on the road during that span.

Jose Abreu made his eighth straight start at designated hitter on Saturday, with Ventura keeping his bat in the lineup while still allowing his sore left ankle to get stronger.

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