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White Sox leave Arizona

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

GLENDALE, Ariz. – White Sox starter Gavin Floyd allowed four runs in 4 2⁄3 innings in a 13-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in their final spring game in Arizona before Opening Day. Floyd gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

Dayan Viciedo hit a solo homer off Brewers starter Zack Greinke for his second long ball in as many days for the Sox.

Brooks Conrad hit a solo home run for Milwaukee off Floyd – his fourth homer of the spring.

“The second inning, I got in the stretch and started rushing a little bit, got behind a lot of hitters, but bounced back,” Floyd said. “Even the hits they got, they were good pitches, and I got weak contact for the most part.”

 I made a couple of mistakes with two strikes, but overall I felt strong. Even when things went wrong, I was able to get refocused.”

The Sox will play two exhibition games against the Astros today and Wednesday in Houston. The team departs with its Opening Day roster set, but without a regular closer.

Manager Robin Ventura said the decision could be revealed on Opening Day. Candidates he has mentioned are 2010 All-Star Matt Thornton, rookies Addison Reed and Hector Santiago, or Jesse Crain, who dealt with a strained oblique this spring.

“I will know and they will know,” Ventura said. “I don’t really feel the need to tell everybody and make a statement about it.”

Ventura is completing his first spring training as a manager.

“It was fun,” Ventura said. “It’s busy. There’s a lot of work to it.”

Greinke, who coming in had allowed only two earned runs in 191⁄3 innings this spring,  surrendered six runs – five earned – over three innings in his final spring start.

Notes: The Sox drew 98,198 fans to Camelback this spring, their highest total in the ballpark’s four years. Average attendance was 6,137, the second-highest average since 6,280 in 2010. ... The Brewers scored their final seven runs against Sox minor leaguers. ... Several regulars for both teams didn’t play. ... As for surprises this spring, Ventura named rookie Nate Jones, to the final spot in the bullpen. “[He] didn’t necessarily have a spot when you visualize it, and all of a sudden you go through spring and you see how he’s progressed and done things. Those are the good surprises,” Ventura said.

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