White Sox GM: Robin Ventura has done “an excellent job”

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Robin Ventura won 85 games as a rookie manager in 2012, but the White Sox lost 99 games last year and 89 games this year.

Despite a 221-265 overall record general manager Rick Hahn is full of praise for Ventura, telling Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he’s done “an excellent job.”

Hahn explained that he has not considered changing managers, saying:

You have to take into account the personnel that they’re given. I don’t think it’s fair to expect them to have every player on the roster consistently overachieve or achieve at perhaps a level beyond the player’s capabilities. So we judge it from the prism of what was he given and what did he get out of them. His communication continues to be outstanding, his ability to keep all the players involved, keep them on point, to prioritize the things that we feel are important and respond to inevitable challenges.

Of course, Hahn is also linked to Ventura and is responsible for much of the rebuilt roster since taking over for longtime general manager Ken Williams. Lack of experienced talent and injuries are enough to keep Ventura off the heat seat, but another losing season could change that in a hurry.

ALCS Game 3 lineups announced: Jose Altuve will DH, Rafael Devers sits

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As expected, Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox this afternoon.

Altuve has been bothered by a right knee injury, so A.J. Hinch has chosen to give his legs a bit of a breather. In his place at the keystone will be Marwin Gonzalez, putting Tony Kemp in left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate.

For Boston, a lefty on the mound means that Rafael Devers will sit in favor of Eduardo Nunez at third base while Christian Vazquez will do the catching.

Red Sox

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Xander Bogaerts (R)  SS
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. Eduard Nunez (R) 3B
7. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)  CF

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) DH
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Brian McCann (L) C
9. Tony Kemp (L) LF