CHICAGO -- Oakland came to Chicago this weekend as one of six teams within 1 1/2 games of an American League playoff spot. As the standings looked before play Friday, the White Sox were atop the American League Central by one game and didn't have to think about the AL Wild Card.
Even if they weren't in that position, manager Robin Ventura wouldn't be considering his team's remaining postseason possibilities.
"Again, we've got more than a month," Ventura said. "With two weeks left, you probably look at that a little bit more. You know, if you don't win games now it's not going to matter anyway. So continue to play, continue to just focus on what you're doing.
"Maybe closer to the end you can get a better sense of what's going on and how you're playing. But right now, continue to play well."
Ventura was told that one-time White Sox manager Jerry Manuel used to look at the standings around the Bud Billiken Day parade in Chicago, which takes place Saturday. Ventura smiled and had a quick response to that idea.
"He can look," Ventura said. "I'll look later.
"I don't feel like we have to change anything. You still have to play your game that night. You can't control anything on the scoreboard anyway, so there's really no sense of sitting there looking at it every day. It will just make you play worse."