White Sox know where they stand in final days

White Sox know where they stand in final days

CHICAGO -- After turning in one of his top pitching performances as a member of the White Sox, during yet another tough loss, Jake Peavy indicated Thursday that he thought the South Siders needed to win out to reach the playoffs. Designated hitter Adam Dunn wasn't quite in line with that prediction when asked Friday.

"Those are Jake-isms," said Dunn of his friend and teammate. "I'm not going to say we're going to have to win out every game. We're going to have to win as many as we can and if we win three and Detroit loses them all, then we don't have to win them all."

The White Sox obviously need help to reach the postseason. But veteran Kevin Youkilis still feels the White Sox can't worry about the Tigers, even with five games left after Friday.

"All we can do is control what we can control, and we just got to go out there and play baseball and worry about what we can do," Youkilis said. "We can't worry about anyone else."

"I don't need to tell them anything. They know how to prepare," manager Robin Ventura added. "They know where we're at. A rah-rah speech isn't really what's needed. Talking to them individually, making sure they're ready to go. That stuff's fine."