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Orioles complete three-game sweep over White Sox

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  • Home plate umpire Eric Cooper watches Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez score on a sacrifice fly by Avisail Garcia, off a pitch from Baltimore Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Chicago.

      Home plate umpire Eric Cooper watches Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez score on a sacrifice fly by Avisail Garcia, off a pitch from Baltimore Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Chicago.
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Before Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field, manager Robin Ventura said he's not seeing any quit in the White Sox.

"These guys are coming in and scratching and clawing to get it right," Ventura said. "It has nothing to do with effort. I've been pleased with that."

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The results are another story.

First-place Baltimore swept the three-game series from the Sox, and the Orioles have the best record in baseball (31-13) since June 30.

The White Sox (59-68) are obviously a work in progress, and look for them to start working in some new faces when 25-man rosters are eligible to expand beginning Sept. 1.

"It's going to be more than a couple," general manager Rick Hahn said of the additions coming from the minor leagues next month. "Historically we've been in the 5-8 (player) range, and we'll probably be back in that range this year."

Avisail Garcia is not going anywhere, and the 24-year-old right fielder gave the Sox an early lead Wednesday when he hit a 2-run homer off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.

It was Garcia's first home run since April 8. The next day, he injured his shoulder and was sidelined until Saturday.

Baltimore rallied back from the 2-0 deficit against White Sox starter Hector Noesi, who allowed a 2-run homer to Nelson Cruz and solo shots to Steve Pearce and Adam Jones.

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