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  • White Sox's Adam Dunn receives congratulations at the dugout after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Chicago. The White Sox won 7-6 in 11 innings.

      White Sox's Adam Dunn receives congratulations at the dugout after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Chicago. The White Sox won 7-6 in 11 innings.
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  • White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez catches a ball hit by the Minnesota Twins' Pedro Florimon during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.

      White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez catches a ball hit by the Minnesota Twins' Pedro Florimon during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.
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  • White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.

      White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.
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The White Sox won their second game in as many tries Wednesday, but they lost their first video review.

In the seventh, the Twins' Oswaldo Arcia hit a routine flyball to Adam Eaton, and the Sox' center fielder appeared to make the catch for the first out of the inning.

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Eaton did drop the ball after pulling it out of his glove, and that was enough for Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire to ask for the review, which dragged out for five minutes.

The eventual error did not prove costly, and Eaton blamed himself for being careless.

"My take is I (stunk) and I need to catch the ball and take it back in the other hand in a timely manner," he said. "I thought I had it caught but with the new replay, they go by the rule book, let's put it that way. I just need to catch it and make sure I transfer it. I thought I caught it. They're right. I just work here, and I just go by what they say."

Early controversy?

With right-hander Kevin Correia starting for the Twins on Wednesday, left-handed hitting Alejandro De Aza got his second start in left field in as many games.

And right-handed hitting Dayan Viciedo, the White Sox' regular left fielder last season, was on the bench again.

As long as De Aza produces -- he was 1-for-3 Wednesday after hitting 2 home runs in Monday's season opener -- it looks like the Sox are going to use a platoon approach in left.

That would clearly favor De Aza, considering the White Sox faced 124 right-handed starters last season and only 38 lefties.

Viciedo, still developing at age 25, is taking the new role in stride.

"I want to play every day," he said through an interpreter. "But right now, you have to deal with what you have. You have to stay sharp so when you get a chance to play, then you are able to do that and be able to help the team."

Viciedo made his 2014 debut in the ninth inning when he pinch-hit for catcher Tyler Flowers and singled. He stayed in the game and grounded out in the 10th inning.

All spring, Viciedo worked with new hitting coach Todd Steverson on swinging at better pitches.

"Basically, it's being more patient," Viciedo said. "We talked about being more patient and being more selective as far as the pitches that we pick to hit. We worked on that during spring training. We had pretty good results. It's a matter of staying consistent and continuing to do that."

Early angst:

Nate Jones came out of spring training as the favorite to replace Addison Reed as the Sox' closer, but Matt Lindstrom was awarded the role.

"The only thing that matters to me is I'm still on the team, still in the bullpen," Jones said. "It's just now our job is to get the ball to Matt with the lead for the ninth, so nothing's changed. I'm still excited, still ready to rock and roll, get the season going."

Jones made his first appearance of the season Wednesday and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk without recording an out.

The right-hander made 135 appearances as a setup man the past two seasons, and Jones is content to remain in that role.

"There are some things that can happen in the seventh and eighth, situations that you can get into that can be just as important as the ninth," he said.

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