Chicago White Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 5-3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The scoreboard watching can wait till after the All-Star break.

But when you're this close, after being that far back, the White Sox deserve a pass for casting an occasional glance.

After the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers lost Sunday afternoon, the Sox went into their series finale against the Texas Rangers at sundown needing a victory to get within a game of the American League Central co-leaders. They got it behind a tiebreaking two-run home r...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is an All-Star.

First baseman Paul Konerko is not, although Konerko still can be voted to the team by fans in a contest involving four other American Leaguers.

Thornton, a 33-year-old left-handed setup man, was in his hotel room Sunday morning when he received the good news from traveling secretary Ed Cassin. Shortly after his name went across the crawler on ESPN, his phone lit up with text messages from friends an...