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Chris Sale

Chris Sale

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Updated: June 20, 2013 12:24AM



MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Sale got spun around like a top, and the White Sox got corkscrewed even deeper below .500.

Sale got hit on the leg by a batted ball in the second inning, then twisted his knee covering first base. After a couple of visits from trainer Herm Schneider and manager Robin Ventura, he gave up a three-run homer to Brian Dozier that sent the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 victory Wednesday night at Target Field.

Sale allowed four runs in five innings and fell to 0-4 for the month as the Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games to fall 11 games under .500 for the first time since May 6, 2011.

Sale said he was unaffected by Oswaldo Arcia’s smash that dinged his right arm and chin and his twisting cover of first that zinged his knee.

“My foot kind of slid underneath me very quick,’’ he said. “My knee kind of went in and awkwardly. It didn’t hurt, just kind of shocked me a little bit more than anything. That wasn’t really an issue.”

His command was, however.

“[Run support] came late, but it’s tough even for him that you feel like you have to throw up a 1 or a 2 to survive that,’’ Ventura said.

When fix is in

Any rebuild, retool, refurbish or whatever “re” term general manager Rick Hahn puts on fixing up the Sox in their current state will depend largely on what their farm system can provide for help in the near and not-too-distant future.

“In the last couple of years, you’ve seen us spend more in the amateur draft, and obviously with the addition of Marco Paddy, you’ve seen us expand our operations internationally,’’ Hahn said. “We’ve got a July 2 signing date coming which we are optimistic will be a strong one for us, and those two improvements over the last couple of years have gone a long way to replenish the system.’’

After spending about $3 million on Latin American prospects in the most recent signing period, based upon their CBA-mandated bonus allotment, the Sox can be expected to spend roughly another $2.5 million once this year’s signing season begins on July 2.

“If you get to the point of making trades that are more focused on the future, that’s also going to help solidify the depth of the system,’’ Hahn said.

This and that

John Danks, who pitches the series finale Thursday afternoon, isn’t back to full strength after having surgery in August but said he already feels stronger than he did when he made his first start.

Danks said, “I’m on the same program as everybody else.’’

◆ Outfielder Dewayne Wise, rehabbing a hamstring injury at Class AAA Charlotte, has been set back by a rib injury.

◆ Ventura said Gordon Beckham will play shortstop when Alexei Ramirez, who has played every inning at short, gets a rest.



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