Third to first

• The White Sox rank fourth in the American League with 23 multi-homer games and are 18-5 in those efforts.

• Sale, who won't pitch in this series, has a 5-1 record, with a 2.42 ERA and two saves, against the Twins. Those five wins represent his second highest win total against an individual team, trailing his six against the Royals.

• Despite the two-hour, six-minute delay making for a very long Thursday night, the White Sox knew that series opener was going to be played.

"You were more concerned about the surface than anything," Ventura said. "The way fields drain, it's pretty good. In the old days, you would have been washed out because it wouldn't drain properly."

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