Playing in Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night might have been part of the exhibition schedule, but the game gave the White Sox their first taste of real baseball this season.

And that was exactly what they wanted.

“It’s one of things where I’m ready to get going,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s on everyone’s mind. They’re just ready to start and play.

“Guys are optimistic about Opening Day and how that all goes. And I’m the same way. You just want to get going.’’

But there still were spring matters to tend to, including testing the health of shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s sore right biceps/shoulder and outfielder Alex Rios’ aching back.

Rios had missed almost a week. Ramirez went down on the last day of Cactus League play when he was hit by a pitch from Daisuke Matsuzaka. Both were in the lineup Friday.

The other health test would come on the mound. Reliever Jesse Crain made his second appearance after being sidelined by a right adductor strain. He allowed one hit in one inning, throwing seven of his 11 pitches for strikes.

‘‘We didn’t see his velocity in Arizona, but you could see it here,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He looked like himself. He looked ready.’’