After momentarily falling into a tie for first place in the AL Central with the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox have rebuilt a one-game lead in the standings. Their general manager hopes they can extend that lead by playing smarter baseball and taking better advantage of opponents' weaknesses while the players are hoping a change in facial hair distracts the team from the pressure of a pennant race and leads to more relaxed baseball on the field.
The White Sox, who have split the first two games with the last-place Minnesota Twins this week, close out that series Wednesday. They are off Thursday, then host Kansas City for a weekend series, followed by a four-game series with the Tigers beginning Sept. 10 that could help determine the eventual division champion.
Here is a look at the full AL Central standings:
|Chicago White Sox||73||62||.541||-||-||-||3-7||L1|
|Kansas City Royals