Third to first

• Memorial Day is considered by many a marker for team self-evaluation, along with July 4. So how would Ventura assess his club three days ahead of the unofficial start of summer?

"It's been a mixed bag as far as guys getting hurt, guys filling in and doing that kind of thing, so it's not as much where you had the same team the whole time to be able to do it," he said. "We do like where we're at offensively with guys, the way we're swinging the bats and the years some guys are having. It's good. It keeps you in a lot of games. I think, early on, the bullpen struggled a little bit and they have been great as of late. There is a lot of things that have been going in the right direction for us."

Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games , hitting .333 (23-for-69) with five doubles and six RBIs.

• Sale's start Thursday night made him the second pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow one hit with 10-plus strikeouts in consecutive starts. Then-New York Met R.A. Dickey also did it in 2012.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.