Chicago White Sox defeat Seattle Mariners, 6-5

The White Sox are the best team in the American League Central.

I hold that truth to be self-evident, fully understanding that the people of Minnesota and Detroit might question my grip.

But the Twins are finding out that Jon Rauch is not a closer, and the reeling Tigers are finding out that a host of players congregating on the disabled list spells trouble.

The shrill cry from the South Side is that the Sox must lasso Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder to add left-handed p...

Cross ''closer'' off the trade-deadline to-do list of White Sox general manager Ken Williams ... at least for a night.

Left-handed power hitter? Starting pitcher? Left-handed reliever? Those are still for Williams to decipher.

Thanks to an offense that wouldn't say no and a closer, Bobby Jenks, who pitches with a ''middle finger on my shoulder,'' the Sox made it three straight against the tumbling Seattle Mariners with a 6-5 win Wednesday to maintain a one-game lead ...