The Chicago White Sox are heading home in a much more precarious situation than when they left.
Chicago looks to avoid a season-worst sixth straight loss as Chris Sale tries to win his ninth consecutive home decision in the opener of a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
The White Sox beat Detroit 5-4 last Monday at U.S. Cellular Field to increase their AL Central lead to three games before a six-game road trip to Kansas City and Anaheim.
Chicago (81-71) proceeded to drop two of three to the Royals and was swept by the Los Angeles Angels after Sunday's 4-1 loss, and its division lead has been trimmed to one game.
The Tigers failed to take further advantage after being swept in a doubleheader against Minnesota on Sunday.
Adam Dunn is 2 for 21 (.096) over his last six games and Kevin Youkilis is 3 for 26 (.115) over his last seven for a lineup that has scored eight runs during its five-game skid.
"You've just got to go out and play,'' Youkilis said. "If...