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Offensive struggles not carrying over to defense

Offensive struggles not carrying over to defense

Offensive struggles not carrying over to defense
CHICAGO -- One of the challenges for a struggling hitter is to maintain focus on his defense and not carry his offensive issues to the field. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is impressed with how his players have been able to detach the two.

"It's hard for them to separate that," Ventura said. "For me, that's an unselfish player. You could selfishly know that you're struggling at the plate and kind of take it out on the rest of your team."

As a team, the White Sox entered play Saturday having committed just 10 errors this season. Individually, Gordon Beckham backs up Ventura's statement, playing rock-solid defense at second and committing one error in 18 games despite batting .161 with no homers and two RBIs.

"Even though we might have guys not swinging the bat," Ventura said, "they're ready defensively. It's not a lack of concentration on the field."

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