White Sox look to close gap on Royals

Updated: July 28, 2003, 11:28 AM ET
By Jim Baker | ESPN Insider
Now that the White Sox of reality are catching up to the White Sox of projection, it is time for their biggest series of the season so far. Starting tomorrow night, Chicago travels to Kansas City where they will take on the first-place Royals, whom they trail by four games.

This is their most important series of the season so far although it is by no means a life and death situation. As Paul Konerko told Kent McGill of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, "... we play them 13 more times this season. This is not big like it's do or die. But we need to send a message that we aren't going to go away."

It should be pointed out that if the White Sox were to find a way to lose all three games, then things would be getting rather dire. A seven-game lead is a pretty formidable obstacle to overcome even at this juncture and even with ten more head-to-head games remaining.
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