BALTIMORE -- After the long weekend in Baltimore with Wild Card implications for the Orioles, the White Sox still have six games with first-place Detroit and another two series against the Indians, who are also aiming for the playoffs.
So inevitably, Chicago will play some role in the shape of the postseason.
Those playoff implications, however, have not changed the mindset of many of the players. Second baseman Gordon Beckham said he would much rather be competing for a playoff spot rather than spoiling the opportunity for other teams. He said the goal is to finish strong and improve every day.
"We're just trying to get better as a team," Beckham said. "If we win some games we're not supposed to, then that's a plus. It's not something we relish. It is what it is. Hopefully, we just play our best and make it fair for other teams trying to get into the playoffs."
After going through a stretch where they won 10 of 12 games, the White Sox were swept by Boston and New York to begin their current 10-game road trip. Beckham said the key is to get back on track in this series against Baltimore and carry the momentum into next year.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura agreed with Beckham in that a lot of players are trying to finish strong as a catalyst for next season.
"There's no extra incentive that you're a spoiler," Ventura said before his club's seventh straight loss, a 3-1 decision to the Orioles on Thursday. "I think we do have some guys that are looking toward next year, trying to do something just to either get noticed or end on a positive note out there for next year.
Despite loss, rookies enjoy special night in New York
BALTIMORE -- White Sox righty Daniel Webb could hear his cell phone buzzing with text messages throughout the night after making his Major League debut Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.
Adding to the pressure, Webb had to stare down future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter as the first batter he faced. It was a moment he will cherish the rest of his life.
"It was unbelievable," Webb said. "I never thought it would be at Yankee Stadium, but it was. And the first batter I faced was Derek Jeter. I'll never forget it."
Webb entered in the seventh and allowed a walk to Jeter, a single to Robinson Cano and then a sacrifice fly to Alfonso Soriano. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, and is looking forward to his next opportunity.
Webb had successful stints with three Minor League clubs this season and was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. He had a 1.87 ERA over 62 2/3 innings in the Minors.
"It's been a crazy road getting here, starting out in High A -- I threw well -- to [Double-A] Birmingham where we clinched a playoff spot and then to [Triple-A] Charlotte to finish there strong," Webb said. "I get to September and the callup was great. It was always something I wanted to do. It was nice to call my parents and tell them I got the callup. A lot of things clicked for me this season."
Webb wasn't the only prospect to get an opportunity against the Yankees.
Righty Erik Johnson also made his debut after getting called up Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and allowed three runs on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks over six innings.
Marcus Semien got his first career start at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the young players will continue to get a chance to contribute for the rest of the season. He said there was not much of an intimidation factor for any of them having to face the Yankees in their first game.
"These guys don't care when they show up as long as they get to show up," Ventura said. "That's pretty much the feeling I get from them.
Flowers has exploratory surgery on right shoulder
BALTIMORE -- White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers underwent exploratory surgery on his right shoulder Thursday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
He initially injured the shoulder about a year ago and it never fully healed. The recovery period should take two to three months, White Sox officials said. Manager Robin Ventura did not offer any updates prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles.
Bryan Anderson got the start behind the plate Thursday after being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
"We're gonna get Anderson in there to see what he can do," Ventura said. "I think it's a good opportunity for him."
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.