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White Sox manager Rick Renteria hospitalized before 8-5 win

Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria, center, talks to Reynaldo Lopez (40) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was taken to a Minneapolis hospital for precautionary reasons before the team’s 8-5 victory against the Twins and was expected to stay overnight for further evaluation, a Sox spokesman said.

Renteria, 56, was at Target Field when he began to complain of feeling lightheaded. He was evaluated and underwent tests at Hennepin County Medical Center during the first few innings of the game but was hoping to return to the ballpark.

It was not known whether Renteria would be back to managing the Sox on Tuesday, when they host the Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field, but he was not flying back to Chicago with the team Monday night. Bench coach Joe McEwing assumed managerial duties in Renteria’s absence.

McEwing says Renteria is “an amazing leader and amazing person.” He says the team’s “thoughts and prayers were with him the whole evening.”

The Sox were in Minneapolis on a one-night trip to play the makeup of a game that was snowed out in April. The game, scheduled to begin at 6:10 p.m., started after a 33-minute rain delay.


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Jose Abreu doubled in two runs and Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson each singled in a run to power the Sox’ offense against left-hander Stephen Gonsalves (0-1). Davidson added a two-run home run in the seventh inning off reliever Trevor May.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito (9-9) pitched six innings of three-run ball. He allowed an RBI double by Tyler Austin in the second, a two-run homer by Jake Cave in the fourth, walked two batters and struck out six.

“Got to the field and I noticed Ricky wasn’t here, and that’s obviously concerning,” Giolito said. “We just grinded through it without our manager. Joe’s done a fantastic job in the situations he’s had to manage and team came together and we got a good win.”

Juan Minaya pitched two scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing no hits.

Center fielder Leury Garcia was helped off the field in the fourth inning after appearing to injure his left hamstring chasing a deep fly ball. Garcia was replaced by Adam Engel.

The Sox opened a homestand against the Royals over the weekend and returned home Monday night to play the Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago.