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Gillaspie an early threat throughout the lineup

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DENVER -- White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie entered Tuesday hitting .389 (7-for-18) in five games with three doubles and two RBIs, and nearly as many walks (two) as strikeouts (three).

Gillespie batted fifth Tuesday, the second time this season he was in that spot in the lineup. He has also batted third twice, fourth once and sixth once.

"He's got a simple approach," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think he can hit either left-handed or right-handed pitchers. I'm not afraid to move him around to third or fifth or sixth. He's a good hitter. He's legit.

"I think Conor's much different this year than he was last year [in terms] of just understanding how hard it is on a daily basis to really get ahead in the big leagues. Trust it and stay with it, leave yesterday behind and focus on the stuff you can control today. Conor's in a better spot."

Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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