Chicago White Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-5

The rule of thumb in the American League Central this season is, ''Don't assume anything.'' It was on display again Tuesday in the White Sox' 7-5 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

''There is a decent amount of games left where we're not going to run the table out from here; it's just not going to happen,'' first baseman Paul Konerko said. ''There are going to be some losses.

''But, yeah, it would be nice to win at a good clip. We can't worry about Minnesota. ...

General manager Ken Williams had to choose his words carefully Tuesday when questioned about the rumors the White Sox will try to claim Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez if he's put on waivers and clears.

''Well, if I spoke on that ... it's a violation of tampering rules, and it's very clear and prohibited for me to speak on another player on another team, so you have to speak in generalities all the time,'' Williams said. ''You guys know me. ... When we do some...