Ventura knows cold climate can slow bats

Ventura knows cold climate can slow bats

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Cellular Field reputation as a great hitters' park doesn't really come into play until June, when the weather turns. As for April?

"In Chicago, it's a lot different because it's cold, the ball doesn't carry," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to hit it perfectly. You have to get lucky at the same time. You have to hit it in the direction that the wind is carrying to have any luck.

"So there is a lot of different factors. Pitchers love it when it's cold and windy and wet. But you just have to battle and get your hits when you can. You can't worry about power numbers or anything like that. You are more worried about just putting the ball in play hard."

Slumping White Sox hitters such as Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel and even Adam Dunn and Alex Rios shouldn't worry about Ventura making changes before the weather starts to turn.

"They are here," Ventura said. "It's one of those that we are going to figure it out more than they have to worry about what their position is."