MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 16: Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox congratulates Alexei Ramirez #10 on scoring against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning on September 16, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The White Sox defeated the Twins 9-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. White Sox: Chicago Wins Makeup Game, AL Central Lead At Three

On Monday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox extended their A.L. Central lead over the Detroit Tigers to three games with a 5-4 victory in the teams' final showdown of the season.

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Nate Jones Gives White Sox Much Needed Lift In Bullpen

The Chicago White Sox bullpen deserves a lot of the credit for Chicago's 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Five relievers contributed to the effort, pitching five scoreless innings, with rookie Nate Jones leading the bunch.

Jones came in in relief of starter Jose Quintana in the fifth inning and yielded an RBI single to Delmon Young (the run was credited to Quintana), but after that hit Jones retired eight straight batters in just 23 pitches. Jones has been on fire of late, not allowing a run in his last 15 appearances and has an 8-0 record with a 2.63 ERA on the season.

The performance started by Jones in the fifth, sixth, and seventh inning was finished off by the rest of the White Sox bullpen. Donnie Veal, Brett Myers and Matt Thornton all pitched flawlessly, not allowing a hit and closer Addison Reed came into record the last out and earn his 27th save of the season.

The White Sox, and their bullpen take on the Royals in Kansas City at 8:10 p.m. ET.

For more on the White Sox, check out South Side Sox. For news and notes from around the league, check out Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox Final: White Sox Win Huge Game Over Tigers

The Chicago White Sox topped the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, in Monday’s make-up game, increasing the White Sox's lead in the AL Central to three games over the Tigers. The game was a make-up for the Sept. 13 series finale between the two teams. With the win, the White Sox earned a split in the final series between the clubs.

The Tigers got out to the early lead with a three-run third, but the White Sox were able to answer back in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in large part to Doug Fister hitting Gordon Beckham with the bases loaded and two outs to force in a run. A DeWayne Wise single on the next at-bat would tie the game.

The Tigers took the lead in the fifth inning, but an Omar Infante error in the bottom of the fifth gave the White Sox the advantage, and their bullpen closed it out by allowing no runs for the rest of the game. Nate Jones earned the win for Chicago, to improve to 8-0 on the season, while Addison Reed recorded his 27th save. Doug Fister (9-9) took the loss for the Tigers.

The White Sox will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals in a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

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Gordon Beckham Thrives In September As White Sox Push For Playoffs

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has enjoyed a successful September, a far cry from the slumps he found himself in for almost all of April and July.

In April, Beckham hit .153 with only two RBI. In July, he hit .188 with four RBI. But in September, perhaps the most important regular season month for his playoff contending White Sox, Beckham has hit .333 with three home runs and eight RBI in 12 games.

Slumping in April is tolerable if you're red-hot in September--it's all about how you look at it. Beckham knows that, and while he is certainly upset at his lack of production for more than two months of the regular season, he believes he has "turned a corner", writes Dan Hayes of Comcast Sports Net.

"I won't forgive myself for not doing really anything in April and I won't forgive myself for really struggling for a month-and-a-half in June to a little bit of August," Beckham said. "The production I have, it's great because I really didn't do anything for 2 1/2 months. ... But I want to be better and that's stuff I have to work on. At the end of the day I feel I've turned a corner mentally and just understanding the game and playing the right way. In the last month I think I've really done that."

Beckham's recent hot streak has come at a most vital time for the Chicago White Sox. They find themselves only two games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central with only 16 games remaining in the season.

For more on the White Sox, visit South Side Sox or SB Nation Chicago. For more news, notes and analysis from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Chicago Sends Jose Quintana To The Mound

The Chicago White Sox host the Detroit Tigers on Monday in makeup for a game that was postponed last Thursday. The two teams meet with a lot on the line, as the White Sox hold just a two-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central with 17 games to play.

Jose Quintana gets the call for the White Sox in this crucial afternoon game. Quintana is 6-4 with a 3.52 ERA this season. He defeated the Tigers in his last outing, coming through with his strongest performance of the year. The rookie tossed 7 innings while allowing just one run.

The Tigers counter with right-hander Doug Fister. He is 9-8 with a 3.49 ERA. Fister has been strong in his two September starts, allowing just three runs in 14 innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Full Lineups for both teams:

White Sox

1. DeWayne Wise CF

2. Kevin Youkilis 3B

3. Adam Dunn 1B

4. Paul Konerko DH

5. Alex Rios RF

6. A.J. Pierzynski C

7. Dayan Viciedo LF

8. Alexei Ramirez SS

9. Gordon Beckham 2B

Tigers

1. Austin Jackson CF

2. Omar Infante 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera 3B

4. Prince Fielder 1B

5. Delmon Young DH

6. Jhonny Peralta SS

7. Brennan Boesch RF

8. Avisail Garcia LF

9. Gerald Laird C

For more on the White Sox, visit South Side Sox or SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys or SB Nation Detroit. For more news, notes and analysis from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Starter Jose Quintana Aided By Extra Rest

The Chicago White Sox have tried to aid their pitching staff in 2012 by giving its starters extra rest, and Jose Quintana is the latest pitcher to benefit from the strategy. Quintana will start for Chicago in its crucial Monday makeup game vs. the Detroit Tigers, and he'll be doing so on an extra two days of rest.

"It actually does feel good about this time of the season to get a couple of extra days," said Quintana, who will try to beat the Tigers for the second time in eight days. "It gives your arm a little bit more strength, so I'll feel good for (Monday)."

(via Chicago Tribune)

Quintana was successful in his lone start vs. the Tigers this season, allowing only seven hits and a single earned run over 7.2 innings. He also struck out seven batters and walked only one.

For more on the White Sox, visit South Side Sox or SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys or SB Nation Detroit. For more news, notes and analysis from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox Preview: In Last Game Against Detroit, Chicago Aims To Extend Division Lead

On Monday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox will have one final opportunity to notch a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

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