Garcia starts as lineup fluctuates

CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura played around with the lineup Saturday and not all changes were directly related to Alex Rios’ departure via trade one day earlier.

Alexei Ramirez was in the No. 3 spot for the second consecutive game, which was Rios’ old spot, but Gordon Beckham was in the leadoff spot for just the second time this season as Alejandro De Aza was given the day off. Conor Gillaspie batted second for the first time.

Newcomer Avisail Garcia also got his first start, playing in center field while batting sixth.

“Going forward, once you don’t have Rios here, things start moving around a little bit more than before just because of changes and personnel,” Ventura said. “As of right now, it’s there. It’s subject to change obviously.”

Garcia, who said he has no preference of where he plays in the outfield, was back in center field. It will be his 27th major league game in center. He has played 24 games in right and five in left.

“There is a different element to it that you have some younger guys up here that you can move around and just see what they can do,” Ventura said. “This is a process of moving forward that you’re kind of assessing more things than you were before.”

Causing even more of a lineup shuffle was the fact that Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch for the second consecutive day with a sore left thumb.

Saturday’s final lineup against Minnesota Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey:

1. Beckham, 2B

2. Gillaspie, 3B

3. Ramirez, SS

4. Adam Dunn, DH

5. Paul Konerko, 1B

6. Garcia, CF

7. John Danks, RF

8. Josh Phegley, C

9. Blake Tekotte, LF

Andre Rienzo pitches.