Early shutdowns, retirement talks for Sox

Buehrle to pitch if race is on; Konerko enters last year of contract

Updated: September 26, 2009, 12:23 PM ET
By Bruce Levine

Depending on whether the Detroit Tigers are still in a pennant race next weekend, left-hander Mark Buehrle's season could be over. The Chicago White Sox, in their mind, owe the Minnesota Twins a good effort next weekend in Detroit and Buehrle wants to pitch if it means something.

Right-hander Carlos Torres will take Buehrle's next scheduled start, Tuesday at the Kansas City Royals. After that, the race for the American League Central division title will determine whether Buehrle pitches.

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