Tim Anderson put the White Sox on the board immediately, and the team never looked back.
Tony La Russa stood in the visiting dugout, soaking in the scene as the Chicago White Sox celebrated their first AL Central title since 2008. “It’s like fantasy island because you never thought you’d have this chance -- and here we are, the division champions,” La Russa said after a 7-2 victory over Cleveland in a doubleheader opener Thursday. A wild-card team last season, the White Sox are going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time.
Seattle manager Scott Servais has said the Mariners might need a nice winning streak during the September stretch run to make a real postseason push. Kyle Seager hit his 35th home run for a career-best 100 RBIs, Ty France also connected and the Mariners moved up in the playoff race, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win. Seattle topped the A's for the third day in row to pull within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees for the second AL wild card.