CLEVELAND -- No team in baseball had fewer walks than the White Sox total of 15 entering Sunday's series finale in Cleveland. In fact, the crosstown Cubs were the next-to-last at 22, and Major League leader Joey Votto had two more walks than the White Sox as a team.
The White Sox have shown the ability to make starting pitchers work, as they did with Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday in Washington. But manager Robin Ventura also understands that he can't change his offense's free-swinging style.
"I don't want [Adam] Dunn going up there bunting. He's going to go up there trying to hit something hard and probably hit something far. So these are the guys we have," Ventura said. "We have to make the best effort doing things that win games, grinding out at-bats and being tough outs more than trying to change anything else.
"Going up and having really good at-bats, working counts and hitting something hard. We have guys who can hit home runs. I hope we do. Again, it's the quality of the at-bat and not trying to do too much. You can overreact and guys start pressing just because of the situation you're in early in the year. It's the ability to maintain and keep focused on just today instead of what transpired the last part of the road trip."
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