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Beckham ready for rehab

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Gordon Beckham is ``antsy'' to return, but the timetable for his minor league rehab assignment has to be determined.
But he knows his return and that of rehabbing pitcher John Danks aren't the only answers for the White Sox struggles.
``We all just have to play better in general,'' he said. ``It's not one or two guys coming back. We just have to play better, hit a little better and field better. We just all have to step it up a little more.''
Beckham said he has increased his workouts with conditioning coach Allen Thomas. ``I'm anxious to get back out there.''
Beckham is doing swing drills now, hitting off a tee as he recovers from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. Fielding will be less a problem because the surgery was on his gloved hand and he will wear extra padding for protection.
Beckham hopes to return in two weeks, perhaps by the next home stand.

BIG D
Manager Robin Ventura continues to stress the need for better defense from his players, repeating it Saturday in a meeting with the team.
It didn't have an effect.
The Sox committed three errors Saturday through five innings, giving them 27 for the season and tying the Angels for the most in the American League.
The Sox had 24 coming into Saturday's game No. 34. Last year they didn't commit their 25th error until their 56th game.
``It's not acceptable and they understand that,'' Ventura said before the game. ``You work at it and preach [because] you can't win unless you play good defense.''

LINEUP MOVES
Conor Gillaspie was scratched from Saturday's original lineup suffering from an upper respiratory infection. But Ventura already had shuffled the lineup to try to shake things up, moving Jeff Keppinger down, first to eighth but then to seventh when Tyler Greene replaced Gillaspie at second. Greene batted ninth and catcher Tyler Flowers was eighth. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez batted second, a move Ventura also employed last week in New York against the Mets.
Keppinger played third on Saturday.
``It's more just mixing it up,'' Ventura said.

FIRST STRIKE
The Sox are 2-10 in the first games of series after losing the first game of the weekend series with the Angels. Their overall series record is 3-4-4 in their first 11 series.
``Winning games is important and you like to get the first one, but winning series is where you want to go,'' Ventura said.
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