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CHICAGO -- Two sixth-inning stolen bases by Jason Kipnis during Wednesday's victory over the Indians left Tyler Flowers just 1-for-15 in nailing attempted basestealers this season. But Wednesday's swipes were as much on pitcher Nate Jones as they were on the man behind the plate.

"When a guy gets a good jump, not too many guys are going to throw him out," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "That guy had a Flintstones start yesterday. You've got to stop them and make them take a step back."

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Ventura was asked directly Thursday if he's satisfied with Flowers throwing and answered in the affirmative.

"He's working on it," Ventura said. "It's just one of those where you have to concentrate on holding guys and giving him a chance to throw guys out. That comes into it a little bit more than just if you like his throwing."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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