Assured of a non-losing record for the fifth straight year, the Chicago White look to finish up strong as they continue a four-game season-ending series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
The White Sox clinched second place and a winning record with Friday’s 4-2 victory, their second of this series. This will be the third second-place finish for Chicago, which was 86-76 last season after going 81-81 the previous year.
The White Sox, who last won the AL Central in 2000, have won eight of 11 overall.
“It means something to get a little momentum going into next year,” said White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. “But last year we finished second and we had a winning record and look where we ended up this year. It’s a matter of everybody staying healthy and everybody doing their job.”
Paul Konerko drove in two runs for Chicago Friday, increasing his career high RBI-total to 117. Konerko, who has a seven-game hitting streak, has three homers and 17 RBIs against the Royals this year.
The Royals have lost seven in a row and a franchise-record 103 games. They’ll have to win at least once in their final two games to avoid tying the 1964 Athletics for the most losses for a Kansas City team in major league history.
“There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this year,” said Royals third baseman Joe Randa, who had two hits. “The Royals are one of many clubs that are going to have a lot of work to do in the offseason.”