Chicago White Sox defeat Atlanta Braves, 9-6

Beating the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals was sort of like being the valedictorian of summer school.

There were some shallow hugs from the family for the accomplishment, followed quickly by a rolling of the eyes.

But the Atlanta Braves? They were supposed to be a test, a measuring stick. Sure, the White Sox played bullies with the cellar-dwellers of the National League, but the Braves represented the elite.

But the Sox obviously didn't get the memo. The...

The last time White Sox general manager Ken Williams met with the media after a road trip, it sounded more like a eulogy than a state-of-the-team address.

But Tuesday, hours before the start of the Sox' series against the Atlanta Braves at U.S. Cellular Field, Williams sounded like a far different guy than the one who muttered the words, ''Some changes are coming.''

And Williams said he plans to hold Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to his statement to Chicago media Satu...