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MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox 641 strikeouts as a team place them No. 1 in the American League for that dubious offensive category and No. 2 in the Majors behind the Marlins. Some White Sox players such as Adam Dunn are going to strike out, but balance that out by drawing free passes or having the ability to go deep.

That same theory applies to Jose Abreu, arguably the team's first-half most valuable player, who has fanned 67 times. But manager Robin Ventura said Friday that this number can be cut down as a team.

"You're really working on some two-strike approaches," Ventura said. "We start looking at it and how we do it as a team and I just think we strike out too much. A little shorten up with two strikes, put it in play. There needs to be more of that and guys have to be able to do that.

"We're hoping it can be corrected. I don't go up there and do it, but it's definitely something that we're focusing on because you have to be able to put it in play. When you start striking out this much, nobody has to play defense against you. So put it in play, put pressure on the defense."

Ventura wouldn't speak in absolutes as to whether his team could win with so many strikeouts.

"You don't have as good a chance, but you can. There's no absolutes," Ventura said. "It makes it very hard. It makes it harder."

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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