CHICAGO -- During White Sox manager Robin Ventura's pregame media session Monday, he was informed by a radio reporter that the Tigers had lost to the struggling Indians at home and put the White Sox back into first place. Ventura honestly had no idea.
"I did not know that," said Ventura. "So thank you."
Ventura might not have known the final outcome, but the Cleveland/Detroit game was on in the White Sox clubhouse and players hung back before stretch to try to catch the final out. This brief study of the game doesn't mean the White Sox have started watching the scoreboard, even with 28 games left after Monday.
"We've got Minnesota tonight. We had Detroit this weekend. We could have controlled them this weekend and we didn't do it," White Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "Now we have to assume they're going to play well and we have to take care of our business.
"However many games left, it's kind of irrelevant. It's all about playing one game and then moving on to the next one. You can't get to the end until you play all the rest of them. So we're just going to do ... not even one game at a time, one inning at a time. It's grueling and it's tough, but that's the way we have to do it. I think we will."
Ventura pointed out that simply as fans of baseball, players, managers and coaches watch to see how other teams are doing and which teams are getting hot or cold. But the White Sox still are focused on what they can do and nobody else.
"If we take care of us, we'll be where we want to be," White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said. "We're in a position where we don't have to rely on other teams to do this and that. If we play good, we're fine."