This article was originally written by Morris Daily Herald Staff Writer Mark Johnson.
Bottom line, it was a good weekend for the White Sox, though it was easy for their fans to be greedy for more Sunday afternoon.
Lots of Sox — even Adam Dunn! — contributed to an 8-2 series-opening win over Detroit ace Justin Verlander Friday night. The Edwin Jackson that shows up occasionally but not as much as you would like pitched the Sox to another win Saturday. And the Sox built a 3-0 lead behind nobody-turned-ace Phil Humber Sunday, only to lose 4-3 and settle for a solid-if-not-satisfying series victory.
Cleveland and Minnesota are playing now, and heading into that game, the Indians were tied with the Tigers atop the AL Central. Chicago is four games back, and the Twins are five. The Sox start a series at cellar-dweller Kansas City tonight, and while that should be a good thing for the Sox, past experience tells us that it may very well not be.
While the Sox will be playing the only division rival that's not fighting it out with them for first place, I think this is a key series for the Sox, and not just in the every-series-matters-in-a-four-team-pennant race sense. If the Sox can win two of three or, preferably, sweep at Kansas City, it will qualify as a good start to the second half before an off day Thursday and a series at Cleveland that starts Friday. Anything less, and the disappointment that surrounded the first half of the season may start to hang around the team again.
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