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• The White Sox have signed right-hander Henry Rodriguez to a Minor League contract. Rodriguez, 27, will be placed on the Triple-A Charlotte disabled list.

Rodriguez has made 150 relief appearances over six Major League seasons with Oakland (2009-10), Washington ('11-13), the Cubs ('13) and Miami ('14), posting a 4.31 ERA with 11 saves and 151 strikeouts.

• Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who pitched arguably the most historic inning of relief in White Sox history during Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS at Fenway Park, will be one of the guests during a private panel discussion and luncheon Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field called, "White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars."

Minnie Minoso, as well as current players Jose Abreu, Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo, will share their views and perspectives on the impact of Cuban players on baseball.

• When Ventura most recently saw Dale Sveum in May, Sveum was serving as the Royals' third-base coach. The White Sox manager hasn't watched the Royals since his White Sox teammate from 1992 became hitting coach, but he seemed confident that Sveum would do a good job.

"I know he's smart and he's good," Ventura said. "We haven't seen him since he's been doing it. But Dale's been around the game. He knows what he's doing; he knows a lot of baseball."

• The popular Mullet Night promotion took place Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. Ventura said that he could not remember ever featuring the interesting hairstyle and that it was too late for him to grown one now.

• Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart threw out one of the ceremonial fist pitches prior to Friday night's series opener against the Royals.

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.