Oakland Athletics defeat Chicago White Sox, 6-2

The White Sox didn't make the biggest splash during the non-waiver trading period, but that doesn't mean their small ripple won't travel far.

At least that is how general manager Ken Williams sees it after acquiring the starting pitcher the rotation needed to replace Jake Peavy if not a left-handed bat that seems less urgent for the offense.

''I've heard it described as we are 'marginally better,''' he said Saturday, a day after they acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson. '...

One home loss a month is a stunning pace to maintain, but as hot as the White Sox have been for two months, their lead in the American League Central is only a half-game over Minnesota as August begins.

''It's not a surprise to see [the Twins] right there with us,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday after a 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics ended his team's five-game winning streak and 12-game streak at U.S. Cellular Field.

''There's a lot of baseball left. Hopeful...