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What's new: The White Sox have been a surprising success under rookie manager Robin Ventura, who replaced Ozzie Guillen. They have won five straight and nine of their past 10 in powerful fashion. A key has been the resurgence of the veterans: DH Adam Dunn (15 homers), 1B Paul Konerko (major-league best .399, 11 homers and 13-game hitting streak) and C A.J. Pierzynski (.312. 32 RBIs). Also, LF Dayan Viciedo has 10 homers. Their starting pitching has been okay with Chris Sale and Jake Peavy teaming for 11 wins, though LHP John Danks is on the DL. The bullpen has been a team effort led by rookie RHP Addison Reed and LHP Hector Santiago.

Key stat: The White Sox have scored nine or more runs in four consecutive games for the first time since 1938 and homered in 13 consecutive games, their longest streak since 2006.

Connections: Sale went to Lakeland High and Florida Gulf Coast University. Pierzynski grew up in Hernando County. … Rays 1B/OF Brandon Allen, bench coach Dave Martinez and radio man Dave Wills used to be with the White Sox.

Series history: White Sox lead 63-46 overall, 31-27 at the Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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