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Ventura wants to keep focus on winning games

Ventura wants to keep focus on winning games


DETROIT -- General manager Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura and bench coach Mark Parent met for about 20 minutes in Ventura's office at Comerica Park on Tuesday evening. It probably was normal pre-series talk, as the White Sox prepared for their first meeting with the Tigers. But it also could have involved Hahn talking future plans for the 34-52 squad.

Ventura has split thoughts concerning the need to be informed about potential trades.

"There's two trains of thought," Ventura said. "One, you want to have that information. On the other hand, you want to play games and want to stay away from that. We just talk and keep in contact of what's going on. Once the game starts, it's just trying to win a game."

Numerous potential trades on the horizon for a team expected to contend at the season's outset won't change Ventura's thought process for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.

"It's part of being professional and going out there and playing," Ventura said. "There always will be rumors, but when the first pitch is thrown,you got to focus on winning the game."

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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