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Ventura OK with Fukudome's production

Ventura OK with Fukudome's production

Ventura OK with Fukudome's production
CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .182, but White Sox skipper Robin Ventura isn't concerned.

"At-bat wise, he looks fine," Ventura said. "Numbers don't always show how a guy is hitting. He's lined out a lot."

In 33 at-bats, Fukudome, who started both ends of Monday's doubleheader and went 1-for-5, has just five singles and a double. He has, however, drawn seven walks, making for a respectable .310 on-base percentage. Those numbers satisfy Ventura, considering the challenges Fukudome has faced in being relegated to a part-time role this season.

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"He's a professional. He gets it," Ventura said. "In the role he's asked to play, he understands it."

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