With Jose Abreu mired in the first slump of his major league career, White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave him the night off in Thursday's rubber match against Boston.
Abreu has one hit in 20 at-bats since homering twice against Cleveland April 10 and has struck out eight times in that span, capped by an 0-6 showing in Wednesday night's 14-inning marathon. The 27-year-old previously started all 15 games for the White Sox before Thursday night's contest.
"He has a lot going on," manager Robin Ventura said. "And adjusting to different things, this is the right time to give him a day as we go out on the road, you give him the day and a breather and let him get back at it tomorrow."
Generally, the White Sox would give Adam Dunn the night off against a left-hander (like Boston's Jon Lester, Thursday night's starter) and have Paul Konerko in the lineup, though Dunn remained in the White Sox lineup at DH with Konerko taking over at first base.
On the season, Abreu is hitting .217/.324/.500, though after April 10's game he owned a .300/.383/.725 slash line.