Kansas City Royals defeat Chicago White Sox, 8-2

The White Sox' ''tragic number'' is 15.

The Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in 12 innings late Saturday in their rain-delayed game, so the Sox were pushed closer to playoff elimination with 20 games left to play. Any combination of Twins victories and Sox losses equaling the ''tragic number'' gives the Twins the American League Central crown again.

Numbers are working against the Sox, who fell 8-2 to the Kansas City Royals, a team whose goal is to avoi...

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