Chicago White Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 6-4

CLEVELAND -- There was a calmness in the voice of Matt Thornton on Wednesday morning, just minutes after he threw an all-out simulated game in the bullpen.

The left elbow felt strong enough for the White Sox reliever to declare himself ready to come off the 15-day disabled list and be ready for the start of the Boston series on Friday.

Thornton's hope was that the calm he was feeling was just the prelude of a perfect storm that opposing teams were about to experience...

CLEVELAND -- At some point on this road trip, the White Sox might want to invest in some sort of Manny scarecrow they can plant in the on-deck circle for key moments.

As the last two games seem to be showing, the idea of facing Manny Ramirez is a lot scarier for opposing pitchers than actually facing the newest slugger to join the South Side circus.

On Tuesday, it was Ramirez as a pinch-hitter in the on-deck circle and A.J. Pierzynski connecting on the game-winning, ...