CHICAGO -- Manager Ozzie Guillen's family told him they wanted to go to New York when the White Sox play four games against the Yankees next week. That's when he was forced to confront his team's remaining schedule.
"I don't look ahead. But I did this morning because my family wants to go to New York City. It kind of bothered me. I looked at the schedule ... I started sweating," Guillen said Monday before the White Sox's game against the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed by rain.
"I did. I was like, 'Wow, we don't have any break,"' Guillen said. "We're not going to have any break, no matter who we face for the last 20 games we have left."
Leading Minnesota by 2½ games in the AL Central with 20 to play, the White Sox will now have to face the Blue Jays, one the AL's hottest teams, in a split doubleheader Tuesday. The Blue Jays had won eight straight entering the four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
After the Blue Jays leave town, Detroit comes in for three. Then the White Sox go on a 10-game, 11-day road trip that will have a lot to say about whether they can win the division.
The trip includes the four games at Yankee Stadium in its farewell season, three games at Kansas City and then, after a day off, three games against the Twins in the Metrodome where the White Sox seldom play well. The season ends with three games at home against Cleveland.
"You look at the schedule, look for breaks here and there," Guillen said. "There's not any breaks."
Toronto will go with 16-game winner A.J. Burnett against Javiez Vazquez in Tuesday's afternoon game. Jesse Litsch of the Blue Jays faces Clayton Richard in the nightcap.
The day-night doubleheader for the Blue Jays makes for a really long week. They also have one scheduled for Saturday in Boston.
The Blue Jays were 9½ games out in the AL East and eight behind Boston, the wild card leader, before Monday night. But they're not calling it a season, especially the way they've been playing. They're coming off a sweep of division leader Tampa Bay.
"Absolutely," Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay said when asked if the Blue Jays still had a chance.
"It's never us that said we're getting ready for next year. ... I think everybody here felt like we're still playing for something and will continue to play that way. I think as a player you have to do that. Mathematically, whether you're in it or not, I don't think matters."
Halladay is scheduled to pitch Wednesday night and if Toronto keeps winning, he might come back and pitch on three days' rest.
"Well I think it just depends on what we do here. I haven't even talked to Doc about that," manager Cito Gaston. "I think it certainly has to depend on how we play here."
The White Sox have been playing a bit short-handed with AL home run leader Carlos Quentin out with a broken right wrist and third baseman Joe Crede sidelined by a sore back.
Quentin had outpatient surgery Monday under local anesthesia and was fitted with a half-cast. He was supposed to have a screw inserted into the wrist during the procedure.
Crede, who had a second injection for his back Friday, was feeling a bit better Monday, trainer Herm Schneider said.
Guillen said last week he didn't expect Crede back this season and said pretty much the same Monday about Quentin.
"I don't think I'm going to count on him (Quentin) until the year is over, because (if I do) he will give me some hope," Guillen said. "And I don't like to live in hope. I like to be realistic, know what I have and prepare myself the best I can with what I have."
Paul Konerko, in a slump most of the season, is picking it up when the White Sox need him. He's homered in three straight games for the first time since September 2005, the season the White Sox won the World Series.
Konerko said earlier the White Sox would have an easier time of it with Quentin but still had enough talent to win the division without him.
"We're 140 games in (142 actually) and we're in first place," he said.