Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/30/12

A sweep in Texas would have been nice Sunday night, but the Chicago White Sox lost 2-0 as Rangers RHP Scott Feldman pitched eight shutout innings.

The Sox couldn't feel bad about taking two of three from the Rangers, as well as going 6-3 against the defending American League champions this season.

And when they arrive in Minnesota for a three-game series, the Sox will welcome a new teammate, as well as a temporary six-man rotation, with the trade on Saturday that added pitcher Francisco Liriano in exchange for Eduardo Escobar and minor-leaguer Pedro Hernandez.

There was some initial confusion on how the Sox would handle their newest lefty, but that was cleared up Sunday.

With concerns over first-year starters Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, Liriano will be used this week to stretch out the rotation and continue to save the innings for Quintana, Sale and veteran Jake Peavy. Sale got the win in his last start on Friday, but his velocity was down in the 92 mph range rather than his usual 96.

Sale will be skipped for at least one turn, and the Sox will rethink the schedule after the Twins series, deciding when to move Sale back in.

"Going through a little dead-arm period, I guess," Sale said. "Nothing terrible, nothing anyone else doesn't go through. We all feel this is something that's going to benefit us and benefit myself, a few extra days off so the next couple months we can make a push and get after it."

Manager Robin Ventura did reiterate that Sale had no pain in the arm, dismissing the idea that he was having the soreness that he had back in May, when they first thought of moving him back to the bullpen.

"I would say it's probably fatigue and being tired," Ventura said. "There's no pain or anything in there. We'll see how that sits when we're in Minnesota and how he feels and how he does in between his starts. Nothing's changed as far as how we started to treat him and how we treat him now. We're just trying to take care of them."

The hope is that Quintana will also benefit from it, simply because the rookie is now pitching in high-intensity situations and his innings are piling up as well.

"We're trying to be as strong as we can when getting into September," Ventura said. "That you're rolling with five guys and you're rolling with the five best guys."

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