White Sox’ Dylan Cease struggling at the wrong time

If Dylan Cease was auditioning Sunday for a chance to be the No. 3 starter in the White Sox’ playoff rotation, well, let’s just say rookie Dane Dunning might want to circle Oct. 1 on his calendar.

That’s when the Sox would play Game 3 of their best-of-three wild-card series against an opponent to be determined. With Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel all but certain to the start the first two games, avoiding Cease in the ‘‘if necessary’’ deciding game, given the awful control problems he’s working through, seems to be a no-brainer. With the Sox trying to protect their lead in the American League Central, Cease walked seven in three-plus innings in a 7-3 loss to the host Reds.

‘‘This one we want to throw in the garbage, move on, not make too much of it,’’ manager Rick Renteria said.

Cease, who has an upper-90s fastball, sharp breaking stuff

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