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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Notes: Pierzynski, Viciedo to sit

By Bruce Levine

ARLINGINTON, Texas -- Don’t read much into regulars A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo being on the bench for the second game of the season. Ventura wants to get his entire team some playing time in the early part of the season .

”I want to get guys in there as soon as we can,” Ventura said.”I am sure in Cleveland (Kosuke) Fukudome and (Eduardo) Escobar will get a start . I don’t want guys sitting on the bench six or seven days, going home and not have played yet.”

Chicago White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn said on ESPN 1000’s “Talkin’ Baseball “ Saturday that manager Robin Ventura and the front office had discussed not naming a closer to begin the season during spring training. Ventura told the media on Friday that he would prefer to mix and match his bullpen choices at the end of the game. The 2005 World Champion team had three closers in Shingo Takatsu, Dustin Hermanson and Bobby Jenks.

• Ventura has not considered when he will rest captain Paul Konerko. When Konerko sits, the team will play Adam Dunn at first base.