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Beckham was excited to see his name at the top of the order, and pretended to be angry when the game was called about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. He stormed into Ventura’s office and put on a show.

“If I get dropped eight spots in the lineup because of the weather, I’m going to be (mad),” he yelled, smiling toward reporters outside Ventura’s office.

Beckham, who normally hits in the lower third of the order, was serious that he wanted the chance to bat first.

“I don’t know if I’ve done it in the big leagues, but I probably have somewhere along the line,” Beckham said of hitting No. 1. “It was more about giving (Alejandro) De Aza a rest and they just needed somebody to fill in. I was happy and excited to do it. Heck, I led off an inning three times in a game in Texas earlier this week, so I’m confident. Just trying to get on base and get the lineup going, that’s a lot of fun.”

Ventura will skip right-hander Philip Humber in the rotation and use lefty John Danks on Wednesday _ weather permitting _ in the series finale. The forecast is foreboding: more rain and cold.

“I hated to do it because we wanted to get (Humber) going,” Ventura said. “But you have to sacrifice one guy for the other four. We’ll go with Danks and keep everybody else in their same slots. Humber will work out of the bullpen.”

Notes: The White Sox acquired INF Jose Castro from Cincinnati for cash considerations. Castro was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte. … After hearing the weather forecast, Indians manager Manny Acta was pleased the game was called. “It was not going to be baseball,” he said. “It was going to be survival. It was going to be harsh out there.” … Chicago’s bullpen, which includes three rookies, has a 0.93 ERA through four games. … The White Sox are 0-15 with runners in scoring position in their two losses.

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