White Sox Update

July 17, 2009|By Dan Connolly

The White Sox's 45-43 first half couldn't have been much more nondescript. They were 22-21 at home and 23-22 on the road. The next week will go a long way toward determining whether they are serious buyers at the nonwaiver trade deadline. Heading into tonight, Chicago is in second place in the American League Central, 3 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers and a half game ahead of the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox have the fourth-best ERA in the AL at 4.16. The staff is led by ace Mark Buehrle (9-3, 3.66 ERA), who pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Chicago is powered by a slugging offense that includes four players with double-digit homers this season. Star left fielder Carlos Quentin is expected to be activated from the disabled list today after being shelved since late May with a foot condition.

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