Chicago White Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 4-3

Rules are rules, but rules also can be modified.

That has been the case for the White Sox and Manny Ramirez when it comes to hair -- specifically, his long-braided mane, which wasn't quite as long Friday.

The newly-acquired slugger trimmed his hair a third time before his home debut, apparently in deference to sentiments from some team board members wanting to see more enforcement of team policy.

''Manny is fine,'' general manager Ken Williams said. ''We bent a li...

The White Sox need help, and the Cleveland Indians gave it to them Friday night.

The Indians' 2-0 victory over Minnesota meant the Sox' 4-3 comeback victory over Kansas City shaved a game off the Twins' AL Central lead, with five games now separating them.

It was the first time the Sox gained a game on the leaders since Aug. 24 when they were within 3� of the Twins.

''Everyone knows what was going on,'' said A.J. Pierzynski, whose eighth-inning double scored the t...