Plenty of scouts are expected to attend Monday night's makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field, and the White Sox hope the focus won't be exclusively on Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

In addition to showcasing some of their most attractive trade candidates, the Sox hope to put their best effort forward in an effort to salvage a miserable season.

"There could be a time when the direction is a little different," manager Robin Ventura said Sunday before the Sox lost 3-1 to the Rays for their ninth loss in their ast 11 games. "If it ends up that guys do get traded, it does become different. With these guys, you don't quit. It's still a professional game, and they have the obligation of going out there and performing at their best."

Especially in the 31/2 weeks leading to the July 31 trade deadline as the Sox attempt to retool their roster and restock their farm system.

The urge to look to the future could be as strong as ever as the Sox stand 13 games out of first place with the first of 19 games against the American League Central-leading Tigers on Tuesday night in Detroit. The Sox are 4-19 in their last 23 road games.

Josh Phegley hit first major league home run in the sixth, but the Sox couldn't sustain a rally against left-hander David Price despite a predominantly right-handed-hitting lineup that featured Alexei Ramirez in the leadoff spot for the fourth time in his career.

Three top talent evaluators from the Rangers, who reportedly are searching for a starting pitcher and a right-handed hitter, have watched the Sox in the last two weeks.

The Sox's most obvious trade suspects — right fielder Alex Rios, relievers Matt Thornton, Matt Lindstrom and Jesse Crain (injured) and starting pitcher Jake Peavy (expected to return after the All-Star break) — stand to bring in an array of value.

Rios is 7-for-43 (.163) in his last 11 games and hasn't hit a home run since June 9. Ventura said he isn't sure if the trade speculation is weighing on Rios.

"That does affect people in certain ways," Ventura said. "I don't know if that's him, but it's probably leading to it."

Rios, who has 11 home runs and 38 RBIs, acknowledged his recent struggles but said his uncertain destiny is no excuse.