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White Sox' Ventura stands by the sacrifice

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The White Sox scored all of their runs via the homer in their first two games, which manager Robin Ventura isn't opposed to, of course.

The Sox manager knows the long ball can't be the only way. To that end, he tried to manufacture runs in Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Royals by bunting with Alejandro De Aza up and runners on first and second in the eighth inning Wednesday.

De Aza's sacrifice didn't pan out when Tyler Flowers made a poor decision trying to score from third on a pitch that got away from Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

Told that the metrics community is armed with data which shows "giving away outs" with a sacrifice is bad strategy, Ventura said, "Well, they're not sitting in my seat either.''

"There's a lot of those guys out there but they're not sitting in this seat and they're not sitting in this dugout. So it's a different feel when you're a player or a manager than it is just to sit there and right numbers down on a piece of paper."

Ventura said De Aza bunting wasn't a no-brainer but he liked the Sox' chances of scoring with tough-to-strikeout Jeff Keppinger coming up.

"Just looking to extend that, get [the lead] beyond three runs,'' Ventura said. "I don't think any of them were a no-brainer but he [De Aza] does it [bunts] very well. I think anybody does that on our team where you think about if he might get it done, he's not that guy. We have confidence in the guys that are coming up behind him.''

Ventura pushed the concept of scoring runs in ways beyond the homer, but the Sox are a home run hitting team. Only the Yankees and Orioles hit more in the American League.

"We've got to figure out a way to do it,'' Ventura said. "Every season is different. I don't know if the mindset is different with guys but every year is different. I've played on teams that were kind of the same team that came back that one year you're a road team, one year you're a home team, one year you're knocking in runs like that and one year you're a home run team. I like the home runs but I also like those tough runs to be scored, too.''

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