CHICAGO -- The White Sox had just arrived home in Chicago on Sunday night by the time the Twins finished off their stunning doubleheader sweep of the Tigers at Comerica Park. But the South Siders didn't need to look at the Twins' results to know that Cleveland and its 90 losses could provide a tough challenge over the next three days at U.S. Cellular Field.
"September is tough because, again, when you are facing teams that aren't in it, they are going home and they know they are going home," White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn said. "They are playing teams that they have a chance to eliminate. That's their playoffs and also you are going to face pitchers late in the game when it matters that you haven't faced. You'll get these young guys who get called up and who are going to try to win the Cy Young in a month."
"That's part of the end of the year pennant race for them, is to be a spoiler," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I was on a few teams, probably more than I wanted to, that were like that. You can play pretty free and loose, but everybody is dangerous at this point of the season."