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Low fan turnout would hinder Williams' ability to deal

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White Sox general manager Ken Williams said his ability to make trades and add salary for a second-half pennant drive continues to depend on ticket sales, which have been lagging at U.S. Cellular Field even though the Sox are in first place.

"Yes,'' Williams said. "I don't want to expound. Then I get buried because I'm crying about money.''

Williams said that getting injured players John Danks and Brent Morel back wouldn't necessarily negate the need to make improvements.

"You always hope your guys are healthy because that gives you the greatest opportunity to put the best team on the field,'' he said. "Whether they're here or not we're still going to look at potential places where we can improve the club. But you have to be careful with that because once guys start to believe in themselves as a unit, they really around ... you've got to be careful to disrupt that chemistry. Right now, it's pretty good."

Danks saw a doctor Monday and had tests done on the shoulder that has kept him on the disabled list since he pitched against the Cubs on May 19. The Sox were awaiting the results.

The Sox went into Monday's home game against the Cubs leading the Indians by 1 1/2 games games in the American League Central. The Tigers were three games out.

"We gave away some games over the last week and a half and it's unfortunate because we could have put some distance between ourselves and clubs behind us,'' Williams said. "It is what it is and it's part of the grind and you're going to have these stretches. That's the bad news.

"The good news is we've been in every game and leading some of those games. We feel like we're a club that can grind it out and contend through the season.''

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Why on earth should Sox fans come out to the park? To watch Zach Stewart, who has no business taking up a major league roster spot, throw batting practice to the worst team in baseball? It would be a waste of money.

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