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Ozzie: AL Central 'going all the way to the wire'

Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:39 pm
 
MINNEAPOLIS -- It'll be interesting to see where the American League Central race is a week from now.

Today, it still feels like the Twins are in control, even after Thursday's 11-0 White Sox win in the teams' last head-to-head meeting until Sept. 14 -- and their final scheduled game at Target Field this year.

But if the White Sox really did get going by scoring 23 runs in three games this week, as manager Ozzie Guillen suggested, then they should do well this weekend in Kansas City and next week at home against the Orioles.

The Twins host the Angels this weekend, then play four games in Texas. It's possible, though perhaps not likely, that this race could get close again before it's over.

"If we score runs, we'll be fine," Guillen said. "I predict this thing is going to be all the way to the wire. We will fight. I don't know how far we'll go, but we'll fight like a champion.

"This team has come a long way. I told the guys when we took the field, 'Let's enjoy this moment.' I like the way they're playing."

Guillen talked about the hitting, but if the White Sox are going to make a run like the one they made after falling 9 1/2 games back in early June, they'll probably need to do it the same way they did it the last time -- with strong starting pitching.

From June 9 to the All-Star break, when the Sox went 24-5 and went from 9 1/2 back to half a game in front, the rotation had a combined 2.43 ERA. One big difference between then and now is that Jake Peavy was still active for most of that stretch, before he was lost for the season on July 6.

A White Sox team with an ace like Peavy would be a lot more dangerous now, not to mention a lot more dangerous if they did make the postseason.

At least the Sox still have Mark Buehrle, their de facto ace before the Peavy trade. After John Danks and Gavin Floyd gave the Twins a combined six first-inning runs Tuesday and Wednesday, Buehrle set a different tone Thursday by setting the first eight Twins down in order, and carrying the shutout through seven innings.

Buehrle admitted that this was a game the White Sox basically had to win.

"We can't give up," he said. "We've got [41] games left. But if you're down six games, the chances are slim."

They're not down six games. They're down four games.

They're not totally done. They're just trending the wrong way.

Let's see where this is in another week.
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