Ventura, vets remaining calm during downturn

Ventura, vets remaining calm during downturn

Ventura, vets remaining calm during downturn
CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura said he doesn't have any magic dust when it comes to solving his team's recent struggles.

Even if he did, the White Sox manager would likely save it for another time. Because, despite entering Monday's series opener against the Twins on a five-game skid -- including a three-game sweep at the hands of Detroit -- the White Sox aren't worried.

"For me, it's the guys that stay consistent and keep to the fundamentals of what they believe in," Ventura said of getting things turned around. "It'll turn, you just have to stay focused on the right stuff."

The White Sox hit only .228 with nine home runs in the first 10 games since the All-Star break, only scoring about three runs per game. Adam Dunn, who hit three of those homers but batted only .167 on the 3-7 road trip, echoed his manager's thoughts.

"If you find me a team that goes 162 games without running through some sort of offensive struggle, I don't think that team's been built yet," Dunn said. "You guys have seen us when we're swinging the bats well and seen us when we haven't. It's just kind of one of those things where hitting goes in cycles for everyone and right now we're not on a very good one."

Going through a losing streak is nothing new for Dunn, a 12-year veteran. Ventura said the calming presence of veterans like Dunn and Paul Konerko can help younger players relax during a stretch that has seen the club fall out of first place.

That's exactly what the two, and others, seem to be doing.

"The weekend didn't go the way we wanted it to go, but I think you have to look at if from the standpoint that it's a long season and if we would have found ourselves where we're at right now, the position we're in, that's a pretty good position," Konerko said. "We have a pretty good opportunity to do something and that's all you look for. I think there are a lot of good signs there, a lot of good positives."

Konerko and Dunn, along with Alex Rios, homered during a 7-4 victory Monday night against the Twins.