If the Sox lose today, they can still clinch the division, if the Indians lose tonight.
Red Sox and Yankees both finish with 95 wins. But the White Sox are guaranteed a one-game playoff .
That might be exciting for baseball, but would cause further acid reflux for Sox fans, who have suffered enough lately.
Hopefully it won't come to that nightmare, which makes me nervous just typing those words and makes my brain hurt just thinking about.
Got it? Neither do I.
At any rate, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some Miller High Life, the champagne of beers, at the ready. If they win, you can douse your head. If they lose, you can spray it in your eyes.
Freddy Garcia gets the honors for the Sox today while bitter right-hander Jason Grilli, in January, takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers.
Today's lineups and we'll have baseball soon.
And away we go. Scott Podsednik flies to Craig Monroe in center for the first out. Pablo Ozuna, in the lineup again for Joe Crede, whose wife gave birth to a baby a girl last night, pokes a single up the middle. But is then thrown out stealing with Jermaine Dye at the plate. Dye rips one off the top of the left-field fence and coasts into second with a double. Paul Konerko walks. Carl Everett hits the first pitch for his second triple in two days, driving in Dye and Konerko and the Sox take a 2-0 lead. Aaron Rowand flies out to center.
White Sox 2, Tigers 0
Garcia strikes out Curtis Granderson to start things off. Placido Polanco, not to be confused with Enrico Pallazzo, flies out to Rowand in center. Chris Shelton bounces back to Garcia, who cruised through a 1-2-3 inning.
This game is on Comcast, for those of you wondering. A.J. Pierzynski pokes a double to the right-field corner and Juan Uribe bunts him over to third. Wee Willie Harris draws a walk. Podsednik hits a deep fly ball to left, deep enough to score Pierzynski. Ozuna bounces out to end it but the Sox get one more.
White Sox 3, Tigers 0
Magglio Ordonez fies out to left, but Carlos Pena follows with a single. Garcia fans Monroe. Brandon Inge pokes a two-out single to left. Vance Wilson bounces out to Ozuna at third and that does it for the second.
Reader Tim Hillgard, wrote in to say he was kind of hoping the Sox would lose so they could clinch at Cleveland because he remembers the Indians clinching at Comiskey Park in 1996 when Jack McDowell was with the Tribe. He wondered if Cleveland had clinched more than once at Comiskey, which they didn't. But in our search this turned up from the Tribune story when the Sox clinched in 2000:
"The White Sox gathered together on the Metrodome field for a group photo an hour after clinching the Central Division title Sunday, hugging and mugging and singing their favorite song.