Sox manager Robin Ventura fine with new format for series vs. Cubs
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 26, 2013 8:04PM
Updated: May 26, 2013 9:23PM
The new Cubs-White Sox format — with two games at U.S. Cellular Field, followed by two at Wrigley Field — is fine with Sox manager Robin Ventura.
‘‘Those games are interesting in their own right, as far as fan-wise and kind of everything that surrounds it,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘But it is nice that you get four days straight that you’re going to be at home.’’
The entire interleague schedule has been ‘‘a little wacky this year,’’ Ventura said, but he knows the city series is still meaningful.
‘‘I think the fans enjoy the games and it’s great for the city, so we’re looking forward to it,’’ he said.
The players like it, too, despite it being shortened from six games to four this season.
‘‘I think it’s fun for everyone,’’ Sox slugger Adam Dunn said. ‘‘I know the stadium will be electric and have a playoff atmosphere.’’
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie is establishing himself among American League rookies. He leads AL rookies in hits (37) and extra-base hits (11) and is second in batting average (.291).
‘‘Baseball’s such a funny game because everybody feeds off each other,’’ said Gillaspie, who had the game-winning hit Saturday. ‘‘We went through some pretty rough times the first month and a half of the season. It’s good to kind of get everybody on the same page.’’
Catcher Tyler Flowers’ sore back was better Sunday, and he is expected to play Monday.
◆ The Sox traded minor-league infielder Drew Garcia to the Rockies for a player to be named.