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Ventura looking for right mix with Keppinger

Ventura looking for right mix with Keppinger

CHICAGO -- The original White Sox lineup for Saturday had Jeff Keppinger hitting eighth and playing second base. But Conor Gillaspie was scratched due to an upper respiratory issue, and Keppinger was moved to third with Tyler Greene starting at second.

Keppinger, who entered Saturday hitting .191 with six RBIs and without a walk this season, moved up to seventh in the lineup after hitting second in 26 games this season and fifth for one game.

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"It's more mixing it up," manager Robin Ventura said of the lineup. "You know what the track record is [for Keppinger] and you are trying to get it out of him.

"He fits in a lot of different spots in the lineup, with the way he can handle the bat. So, hopefully there will be some guys on and he can knock in some runs."

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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