Their clubhouse strewn with boxes, their season on the brink of ending after a 10th loss in 12 games, the Chicago White Sox headed out Sunday on their final road trip.
They had hoped the three games in Cleveland would be a time for celebration instead of reflecting on what went so wrong.
Now they need a lot of help and a three-game winning streak.
''Obviously we're up against it now, but we'll continue to play,'' Chicago's Paul Konerko said after a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday dropped them three games behind Detroit in the AL Central with three to play.
''That's what we do and what we've done all year. It doesn't look good obviously. ... You never know what can happen,'' Konerko added. ''The main thing is to get us in order and go win a ball game tomorrow.''
The White Sox held at least a share of the lead from July 24 until Wednesday and had not been this far back since late May. Their starting pitching ...