Better late than never
The hottest team in major-league baseball is going to be taking the field in about 90 minutes.
No, it's not the Houston Astros (43-86), who have the worst record in baseball.
It's the White Sox (54-75), who have the third-worst record in baseball.
But the Sox - finally - are starting to go in the right direction.
They'll shoot for their ninth win in 10 games tonight when they open a three-game series against the Astros. Hard to believe these are the same two teams that met up in the 2005 World Series.
On the one hand, the White Sox are hopelessly out of playoff contention, and the more games they win over the final five weeks of the season, the lower their first-round draft pick falls next year.
But no matter what the situation, winning is still important for the Sox, who are looking to set a positive tone for a much younger group of players in 2014.
"We've got to build on something," starter John Danks said. "We have (33) games left and we're going to try to win every one of them. We've been saying that from the get go. We know it hasn't gone the way we hoped. There's really nothing to do at this point but try to win. No one's packed it in, we're playing hard and we have a chance to be a spoiler. We haven't had a chance to be a spoiler very often. Unfortunately that's what it's come to but we're going to make the best of it."
-Avisail Garcia is back in the lineup tonight after making an early exit Sunday.
Garcia ran into the right-field fence in the fourth inning against the Rangers, and he appeared to slam his head and right shoulder.
Looking woozy walking off the field yesterday, Garcia said he's "better" today.
Manager Robin Ventura didn't hesitate putting Garcia back in the lineup.
"If it was a concussion type thing, he wouldn't be back in there," Ventura said. "It was more of dehydration. They've got him feeling good, and he might have to go to the bathroom a lot tonight because he'll probably be drinking a lot of water. But he says he feels fine."
-Bench coach Mark Parent talked about being ejected before Sunday's game by home-plate umpire Jerry Layne while lineup cards were being exchanged.
“We had a disagreement,” Parent said. “It got out of hand and he decided to throw me out. I didn't feel bad about it when it was over. I felt bad I wasn't out here to help Robin and the club. But I thought it was something I needed to say.”
Parent didn’t offer any details, saying his dispute with Layne carried over from Saturday night’s game.