Chicago White Sox: Baltimore Orioles

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Orioles 2

July, 4, 2013
7/04/13
4:03
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox took the series finale 3-2 on Thursday with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

How it happened: Adam Dunn hit a game-ending home run in the bottom of the ninth, his 23rd on the season. Dunn’s fielding error in the eighth inning opened the door for the Orioles to tie the game with two runs. Jose Quintana was dominating, striking out a career-best 11 while giving up just two hits over seven innings. His previous career high was eight nearly a year to the day (July 5) against the Rangers. Alex Rios and Dunn had RBI singles in the sixth inning off Orioles starter Zach Britton

What it means: Starting pitching has been spectacular at times and yet often ends up with nothing to show for it. Quintana was involved in is seventh consecutive no-decision, while Chris Sale hasn’t won since May 17 despite being dominating at times. Quintana’s effort was the sixth time a White Sox pitcher had struck out 10 or more batters in an outing. Quintana retired the final 13 batters he faced Thursday, eight by strikeout. Sale has four of the White Sox’s double-digit strikeout efforts, including three of those over his past four outings.

Outside the box: As good as June was for Dunn, he is threatening to make July even better. The White Sox have played only three games in July, but Dunn has an RBI in each of them to go along with two home runs. In June, Dunn batted .274 with a .991 OPS and had nine home runs to go along with 24 RBIs. Thursday was his first game-ending home run with White Sox and ninth of his career. His last was in 2010 for the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Offbeat: The White Sox won a game in walk-off fashion for the third consecutive Fourth of July. In 2011, they beat the Royals in the bottom of the ninth inning when A.J. Pierzynski scored on a balk. Last season, they beat the Rangers on Kevin Youkilis’ hit in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57 ERA) to the mound Friday against Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. The Rays will counter with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90) in the 6:10 p.m. CST time start from Tropicana Field.

Role play continues at halfway point

July, 3, 2013
7/03/13
10:24
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- At the halfway point of a most disappointing season, the Chicago White Sox continue to swap roles and step into other people’s shoes essentially on a nightly basis.

The latest role swap came in the eighth inning of a tie game Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, when Matt Lindstrom was asked to take over the spot usually occupied by Jesse Crain. Before the game, it was announced that Crain (shoulder strain) and Paul Konerko (back strain) were headed for the disabled list.

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Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCTA change in White Sox pitching roles as a result of Jesse Crain's injury left Matt Lindstrom out of sorts Wednesday against the Orioles.
Lindstrom’s move to the eighth inning didn’t go as planned, but, really, what has for the Sox this season?

The right-hander gave up hits to two of the three batters he faced. He then turned the ball over to left-hander Matt Thornton, who gave up a two-run double down the line to the red-hot Chris Davis and the game was no longer tied.

Just how good has Crain been this season? Two guys tried to carry his workload for a day and it proved difficult in the 4-2 defeat.

“On a normal night, Jesse’s coming in [there],” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s been a pretty good spot for us with him. I think anytime you lose that kind of element out of your bullpen, it’s tough. It moves people around, not that they can’t do the job there.

“What you’re used to seeing is not there anymore. So guys are going to have to step up and fill those shoes for a while.”

The White Sox know all about that. Ten different players have registered time on the disabled list, while Chris Sale had one of his starts skipped because of shoulder tendonitis.

If the White Sox have learned anything in the first half, it’s how to wear different hats. It might not help them in the second half, though, especially when trades start happening as expected.

At the 81-game point of the season, the White Sox find themselves a disappointing 33-48, matching a season-high mark at 15 games under .500.

The bullpen had a slow start to the season, but had been relatively injury free until Crain went down. It didn’t take but one game to see the effects.

“It’s tough to lose Jesse,” said Lindstrom, who fell to 2-3 after taking the loss. “He’s been pitching awesome for us this year. Anytime one of your studs go down you try to pick each other up like that. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.

“The Orioles have a great lineup, man. You just have to forget about this one and come back and win the series [Thursday].”

At this point next month, the White Sox figure to be looking at an entirely retooled roster built more for the future than the present. Until that happens, however, the current roster will try to focus on the short term.

“I think more, we’re trying to get through the All-Star break,” Ventura said when asked to assess the first half.

“When you sit here without having Paulie and Crain in there, you don’t have your regular guys to turn it around and guys are going to have to step it up. We’ll get to that point first before we start looking beyond that.”

Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, White Sox 2

July, 3, 2013
7/03/13
9:20
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- With a 4-2 defeat Wednesday to the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox fell to 2-6 during their current nine-game homestand.

How it happened: The Orioles’ Chris Davis continues to roll along, with a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning after hitting a home run in the fourth. Davis leads the major leagues with 32 home runs. Gordon Beckham hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning, his first since Sept. 18 of last season. White Sox starter Hector Santiago worked out of a first-inning jam to give up two runs on five hits over seven innings. Scott Feldman, who was making his first start with the Orioles after being traded from the Cubs this week, gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.

What it means: After just one day on the disabled list, the shoulder strain to Jesse Crain already appeared to be costly. Matt Lindstrom pitched in the spot that likely would have gone to Crain and saw two of the three batters he faced reach base. Matt Thornton came on to give up the two-run double, with both runs charged to Lindstrom. The right-hander Lindstrom had entered with a 0.59 ERA over his previous 18 appearances and on Sunday saw the end of a 17-appearance stretch in which he didn’t give up an earned run.

Outside the box: Before giving up a two-run double on his first pitch of the game, Thornton had been solid since the start of June. Thornton entered with six consecutive scoreless appearances and had a 1.80 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his previous 13 games before Wednesday. In that stretch of 13 games, Thornton had inherited 11 runners while allowing two to score, the same he let score with his first pitch Wednesday.

Offbeat: As the Stanley Cup made an appearance at U.S. Cellular Field, stationed in front of the White Sox dugout before the game, an unexpected visitor approached. Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland crashed the party to take a photo. The apparent Blackhawks fan, who didn’t want to miss a chance at a fleeting second with the Cup, is a native of nearby Palos Hills, Ill. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bolling were on hand for the Blackhawks.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the three-game series with the Orioles. He will be opposed by left-hander Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Revamped Gordon Beckham hits first HR

July, 3, 2013
7/03/13
8:30
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Chicago -- No one in Major League Baseball has struggled trying to find a consistent batting stroke more than Gordon Beckham over the past three campaigns.

The 26-year-old Georgia native has watched his batting average fall from .270 in his rookie season of 2009, to the low .230s over the past two years.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesA change in stance late last season is paying off for White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, who picked up his first home run of the year on Wednesday.
In September 2012, White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto and manager Robin Ventura worked with Beckham on a new, exaggerated stance that remind some observers of Jeff Bagwell’s extreme crouch.

At this point of the season Beckham is the only regular position player on the White Sox hitting .300 or better. On Wednesday, he hit first home run of the season in the fifth inning -- a solo shot to tie the game -- against the Baltimore Orioles’ new acquisition Scott Feldman.

Missing six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his hand has not deterred the second baseman from hitting the ball hard on a regular basis.

“I changed my stance at the end of 2012, but my entire approach is different,” Beckham said. “The results have been good, but it is not the stance as much as having a better mindset and approach.”

Beckham was hitting .325 entering Wednesday’s game. He would be among the American League top-10 batters if he had more qualifying at bats.

“The key for me is keeping my body out of the swing and allowing my hands to work,” he said. “We are in a good place right now with my mechanics.”

Beckham has good power, but for now is only interested in making hard contact.

“Whether power comes with this stance, I don’t really care,” Beckham said before Wednesday’s dinger. “I have had a season where I hit .230 and hit 16 home runs, and so far this year I have hit .300 and zero home runs.”

“I don’t know what other people would prefer, for now I don’t really care,” he said. “I would rather get on base and score runs and make some things happen for my team. I believe some of the power outage has to do with what I went through with my hand surgery.”

Ventura agreed.

“The power will come back in his swing,” he said. “Much of what has happened to the swing is a product of the hand issue he had earlier in the year.

He is still trying to feel natural at the plate. He does have power, so it will take him a little time to get that back.”

Beckham is a career .245 lifetime hitter with 49 home runs in four seasons prior to 2013.

Chase for the Pennant: Thursday

September, 27, 2012
9/27/12
11:42
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Powers By Scott Powers
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Here’s a breakdown of the White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Thursday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (82-73 overall, 44-33 home, 38-40 road)


Trail the Detroit Tigers by one game in the American League Central
Would trail the wild-card leaders by six games
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Indians on Wednesday, begin a four-game home series with the Rays on Thursday
Home games remaining: 4 (four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (83-72 overall, 49-31 home, 34-41 road)


Lead the White Sox by one game in the American League Central
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Royals on Wednesday, play the Royals again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 1 (one with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (88-67, 44-31 home, 44-36 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by three games in the West
Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the Rangers on Wednesday, play the Rangers again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 1 (one with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (89-67 overall, 44-34 home, 45-33 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by 1 games in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Blue Jays on Wednesday, begin a three-game home series with the Red Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (85-70 overall, 44-34 home, 41-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by three games
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday, begin a four-game road series with the White Sox on Thursday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 4 (four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (86-69 overall, 46-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Mariners on Wednesday, play the Mariners again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 1 (one with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (90-65 overall, 48-30 home, 42-35 road)


Lead the East by 1 games over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Twins on Wednesday, begin a four-game road series with the Blue Jays on Thursday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 4 (four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Tuesday

September, 25, 2012
9/25/12
10:27
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Tuesday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (82-71 overall, 44-31 home, 38-40 road)


Lead the American League Central by one game over the Detroit Tigers
Would trail the wild-card leaders by four games
Last 10 games: 5-5, defeated the Indians on Monday, play the Indians again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 6 (two with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (81-72 overall, 47-31 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by one game in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 5-5, defeated the Royals on Monday, play the Royals again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (86-67, 44-31 home, 42-36 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Rangers on Monday, play the Rangers again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (88-66 overall, 43-33 home, 45-33 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by 1 games in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, lost to the Blue Jays on Monday, play the Blue Jays again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 5 (two with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (83-70 overall, 44-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by three games
Last 10 games: 6-4, had Monday off, begin a two-game road series with the Red Sox on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (84-69 overall, 44-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Monday off, begin a three-game home series with the Mariners on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (89-64 overall, 48-30 home, 41-34 road)


Lead the East by 1 games over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Twins on Monday, play the Twins again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Friday

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
10:02
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Friday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-68 overall, 43-31 home, 38-37 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Royals on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (79-70 overall, 45-29 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by six games
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Athletics on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Twins on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (85-64, 44-31 home, 41-33 road)


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Tigers on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Yankees on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (85-64 overall, 42-32 home, 43-32 road)


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Thursday off, begin a three-game road series with the Red Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (80-70 overall, 41-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Red Sox on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Blue Jays on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (81-69 overall, 41-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 4 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Rangers on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the White Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (86-63 overall, 46-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Athletics on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Thursday

September, 20, 2012
9/20/12
10:07
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Here’s a breakdown of the White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Thursday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-67 overall, 43-31 home, 38-36 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Royals on Wednesday, play the Royals again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 7 (one with Royals, three with Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (79-69 overall, 45-28 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Athletics on Wednesday, play the Athletics again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 8 (two with Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (84-63, 44-31 home, 40-32 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Tigers on Wednesday, play the Tigers again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 8 (one with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (85-64 overall, 42-32 home, 43-32 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Mariners on Wednesday, begin a three-game road series with the Red Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (79-70 overall, 40-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday, play the Red Sox again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (81-68 overall, 41-33 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Rangers on Wednesday, play the Rangers again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (85-63 overall, 45-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 7-3, swept a doubleheader with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, will play the Blue Jays again on Thursday
Home games remaining: 7 (one with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Tuesday

September, 18, 2012
9/18/12
10:37
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Tuesday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (80-66 overall, 43-31 home, 37-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by three games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Tigers on Monday, begin a three-game road series with the Royals on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (77-69 overall, 43-28 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by three games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the White Sox on Monday, begin a three-game home series with the Athletics on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (84-62, 44-31 home, 40-31 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by three games in the West
Last 10 games: 8-2, had Monday off, begin a three-game road series with the Tigers on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 10 (three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (83-64 overall, 42-32 home, 41-32 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by game in the East
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Mariners on Monday, play the Mariners again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 8 (two with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (78-69 overall, 39-33 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Red Sox on Monday, play the Red Sox again on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (80-67 overall, 40-32 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by three games
Last 10 games: 6-4, had Monday off, begin a three-game home series with the Rangers on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (83-63 overall, 43-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 6-4, had Monday off, begin a three-game home series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Monday

September, 17, 2012
9/17/12
9:29
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Here’s a breakdown of the White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Monday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (79-66 overall, 42-31 home, 37-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Would trail wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Twins on Sunday, play the Tigers on Monday
Home games remaining: 8 (one with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (77-68 overall, 43-28 home, 34-40 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by 4 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Indians on Sunday, play the White Sox on Monday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 7 (one with White Sox, three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (84-62, 44-31 home, 40-31 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by three games in the West
Last 10 games: 8-2, lost to the Orioles on Sunday, begin a three-game road series with the Tigers on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 10 (three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (82-64 overall, 42-32 home, 40-32 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Athletics on Sunday, begin a three-game road series with the Mariners on Monday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (78-68 overall, 39-32 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by four games
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Yankees on Sunday, begin a four-game home series with the Red Sox on Monday
Home games remaining: 10 (four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (80-67 overall, 40-32 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Royals on Sunday, begin a three-game home series with the Rangers on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (83-63 overall, 43-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Rays on Sunday, begin a three-game home series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Saturday

September, 8, 2012
9/08/12
12:46
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Saturday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (74-62 overall, 40-27 home, 34-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by one game over the Tigers
Would trail the wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Kansas City Royals on Friday, play the Royals again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 13 (two with Royals, four with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (73-64 overall, 43-28 home, 30-36 road)


Trail White Sox by one game in the Central
Trail wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, play the Angels again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)

Road games remaining: 15 (two with Angels, four with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)

Oakland Athletics (77-60, 42-30 home, 35-30 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Seattle Mariners on Friday, play the Mariners again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Orioles, three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 16 (two with Mariners, four with Angels, three with Tigers, three with New York Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (77-61 overall, 38-31 home, 39-30 road)


Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Yankees on Friday, play the Yankees again on Saturday Home games remaining: 12 (two with Yankees, three with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)

Road games remaining: 12 (three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (76-62 overall, 38-31 home, 38-31 road)


Trail the Yankees by two games in the East
Trail the wild-card leaders by one game
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Rangers on Friday, play the Rangers again on Saturday
Home games remaining: 12 (two with Rangers, four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (74-63 overall, 36-29 home, 38-34 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 9-1, defeated the Tigers on Friday, play the Tigers again on Saturday Home games remaining: 15 (two with Tigers, four with Athletics, three with Texas Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Seattle Mariners)Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (78-60 overall, 41-28 home, 37-32 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Would lead the wild-card standings
Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the Orioles on Friday, play the Orioles again on Saturday Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 12 (two with Orioles, three with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Friday

September, 7, 2012
9/07/12
11:22
AM CT
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Friday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (74-62 overall, 40-27 home, 34-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by one game over the Tigers
Would trail wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, had Thursday off, begin three-game home series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday
Home games remaining: 14 (three with Royals, four with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (73-63 overall, 43-28 home, 30-35 road)


Trail White Sox by one game in the Central
Trail wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, had Thursday off, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 16 (three with Angels, four with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (76-60, 42-30 home, 34-30 road)


Trail wild-card leaders by game, would fill the second wild-card spot
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Thursday off, begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Orioles, three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 17 (three with Mariners, four with Angels, three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (77-60 overall, 38-30 home, 39-30 road)


Tied for first place in the East and in the wild-card standing with the Yankees
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Yankees on Thursday, play the Yankees again on Friday
Home games remaining: 13 (three with Yankees, three with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (75-62 overall, 37-31 home, 38-31 road)


Trail the Orioles and Yankees by two games in the East
Trail wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 5-5, had Thursday off, begin three-game home series with the Rangers on Friday
Home games remaining: 13 (three with Rangers, four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (74-63 overall, 36-29 home, 38-34 road)


Trail wild-card leaders by three games
Last 10 games: 8-2, had Thursday off, begin a three-game home series with the Tigers on Friday
Home games remaining: 16 (three with Tigers, four with Athletics, three with Texas Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Seattle Mariners)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (77-60 overall, 41-28 home, 36-32 road)


Tied for first place in the East and in the wild-card standing with the Orioles
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Orioles on Thursday, play the Orioles again on Friday
Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 13 (three with Orioles, three with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)

Chase for the Pennant: Thursday

September, 6, 2012
9/06/12
12:13
PM CT
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Here’s a breakdown of the White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card as of Thursday:

Chicago White Sox (74-62 overall, 40-27 home, 34-35 road)

  • Lead the American League Central by one game over the Tigers
  • Would trail wild-card leaders by two games
    Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, begin three-game home series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday
    Home games remaining: 14 (three with Royals, four with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
    Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Angels, three with Indians)


    Detroit Tigers (73-63 overall, 43-28 home, 30-35 road)

  • Trail White Sox by one game in the Central
  • Trail wild-card leaders by three games
    Last 10 games: 5-5, defeated the Indians on Wednesday, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
    Home games remaining: 10 (three with Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
    Road games remaining: 16 (three with Angels, four with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)


    Oakland Athletics (76-60, 42-30 home, 34-30 road)


    Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
    Last 10 games: 7-3, lost to the Angels on Wednesday, begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday
    Home games remaining: 9 (three with Orioles, three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
    Road games remaining: 17 (three with Mariners, four with Angels, three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


    Baltimore Orioles (76-60 overall, 37-30 home, 39-30 road)

  • Trail Yankees by one game in the East
  • Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
    Last 10 games: 7-2, lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, begin four-game home series with the Yankees on Thursday
    Home games remaining: 14 (four with Yankees, three with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
    Road games remaining: 12 (three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


    Tampa Bay Rays (75-62 overall, 37-31 home, 38-31 road)

  • Trail Yankees by 2 games in the East
  • Trail wild-card leaders by 1 games
    Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Yankees on Wednesday, begin three-game home series with the Rangers on Friday
    Home games remaining: 13 (three with Rangers, four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
    Road games remaining: 12 (three with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


    Los Angeles Angels (74-63 overall, 36-29 home, 38-34 road)

  • Trail wild-card leaders by 2 games
    Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Athletics on Wednesday, begin a three-game home series with the Tigers on Friday
    Home games remaining: 16 (three with Tigers, four with Athletics, three with Texas Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Seattle Mariners)
    Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


    New York Yankees (77-59 overall, 41-28 home, 36-31 road)

  • Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
  • Would be in first place in the wild-card standings by one game
    Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the Rays on Wednesday, begin four-game road series with Orioles on Thursday
    Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
    Road games remaining: 14 (four with Orioles, three with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)
  • Chase for the pennant: Tuesday

    September, 4, 2012
    9/04/12
    11:32
    PM CT
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    Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card after their loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday:

    White Sox (73-62 overall, 39-27 home, 34-35 road)
  • Lead the American League Central by one game over the Detroit Tigers
  • Would trail wild-card leaders by three games
  • Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Twins on Tuesday
  • Home games remaining: 15 (one with Twins, three with Kansas City Royals, four with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


    Detroit Tigers (72-63 overall, 42-28 home, 30-35 road)
  • Trail White Sox by one game in the Central
  • Trail wild-card leaders by four games
  • Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Indians on Tuesday
  • Home games remaining: 11 (one with Indians, three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
  • Road games remaining: 16 (three with Angels, four with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)


    Oakland Athletics (76-58, 42-28 home, 34-30 road)
  • Lead wild-card standings
  • Last 10 games: 9-1, lost to the Angels on Monday
  • Home games remaining: 11 (two with Angels, three with Baltimore Orioles, three with Seattle Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
  • Road games remaining: 17 (three with Mariners, four with Angels, three with Tigers, three with New York Yankees, four with Rangers)


    Baltimore Orioles (76-59 overall, 37-30 home, 39-29 road)
  • Tied for second in wild-card standings
  • Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday
  • Home games remaining: 14 (four with Yankees, three with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
  • Road games remaining: 13 (one with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


    Tampa Bay Rays (75-61 overall, 37-30 home, 38-31 road)
  • Trail wild-card leaders by 1 games
  • Last 10 games: 5-5, defeated the Yankees on Tuesday
  • Home games remaining: 14 (one with Yankees, three with Rangers, four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
  • Road games remaining: 12 (three with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


    Los Angeles Angels (72-63 overall, 36-29 home, 36-34 road)
  • Trail wild-card leaders by four games
  • Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Athletics on Monday
  • Home games remaining: 16 (three with Tigers, four with Athletics, three with Texas Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Seattle Mariners)
  • Road games remaining: 11 (two with Athletics, three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


    New York Yankees (76-59 overall, 41-28 home, 35-31 road)
  • Tied with Orioles for second place in wild-card standings
  • Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Rays on Tuesday
  • Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
  • Road games remaining: 15 (one with Rays, four with Orioles, three with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)
  • Rapid Reaction: Orioles 5, Sox 3

    August, 30, 2012
    8/30/12
    2:10
    PM CT
    By Staff
    ESPNChicago.com
    Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday.

    How it happened: Jose Quintana has been one of the bright spots for the Sox this season, but the rookie lefty was roughed up early, yielding five runs before being chased in the fourth. The Sox have lost six of seven on the road, which does not bode well as they head to Detroit for a pivotal three-game series. Zach Britton was dominant for Baltimore. Alexei Ramirez made things interesting with a two-run single in the ninth.

    What it means: The Sox's lead atop the Central dropped to 2 1/2 over the Tigers, who face Kansas City Thursday night.

    Play of the game: Adam Jones' two-run homer in the third made it 4-1.

    Outside the box: At least the Sox were able to get on a plane early, while the Tigers will be flying in late Thursday.

    Up next: The White Sox open a three-game series against the second-place Tigers in Detroit. Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.09) faces Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67) in the opener Friday.

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    TEAM LEADERS

    WINS LEADER
    Chris Sale
    WINS ERA SO IP
    10 2.12 158 136
    OTHER LEADERS
    BAC. Gillaspie .306
    HRJ. Abreu 32
    RBIJ. Abreu 90
    RJ. Abreu 66
    OPSJ. Abreu .955
    ERAC. Sale 2.12
    SOC. Sale 158