Worth noting

• Right fielder Michael Saunders went 1-for-5 in Monday's game for Triple-A Tacoma and is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with seven walks in five rehab games. McClendon said Saunders is close to being ready to rejoin the club health-wise from his strained oblique, but he was leaving the Rainiers for a few days after Monday's game to be with his wife for the birth of their second child and would likely need several games to gear back up.

• After pitching in the last three games of the White Sox series, McClendon said closer Fernando Rodney wouldn't be used in Monday's series opener with Toronto. Danny Farquhar will move into the closer role if needed.

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