Posted July 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Featuring a slew of rookies and a first-year manager, the Chicago White Sox jump into the second half of the season as the leaders in the AL Central, knowing that the next 2 1/2 months will be even tougher with Cleveland and Detroit giving chase. Manager Robin Ventura's low-key approach has gotten big approval ratings in the clubhouse and his team has played better than most expected. Ventura has repeated several times that the White Sox are not overachievers, rather a group playing to its capabilities. ''You feel you can play with anybody. How it ends up, nobody knows that. You can control your effort. You can control your concentration and things like that,'' Ventura said. ''The things that we work on, we're working on defense and being cognizant of that stuff more than stuff you can't control.'' The White Sox ran off a nine-game winning streak this season and then went 11-4 headed into the break, splitting four games in Yankee Stadiu...
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