Joe Lemire: Rays back on top while White Sox jump into top 5 for first time - Sports Illustrated

Rays back on top while White Sox jump into top 5 for first time

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The White Sox selected left-handed pitcher Chris Sale in the first round less than two months ago and this week he became the first member of the 2010 draft class to reach the majors. Sale will have an important role down the stretch supplementing All-Star Matt Thornton as the second lefty reliever in the bullpen for the ChiSox, who have cracked the Power Rankings' Top 5 for the first time.

Sale still has a lot to learn, though. He made the mistake of referring to his new manager, Ozzie Gullien, as "sir."

"My name's [bleepin'] Ozzie!" Guillen shouted jokingly in the clubhouse, according to FanHouse. "Don't call me no [bleepin'] 'Sir.' It's Ozzie!"

Guillen's rants -- most notably a recent one alleging discrimination against young Latin players that drew a rebuke from club management -- has been the White Sox' only source of trouble since early June. They were at their low-water mark on the morning of June 9, nine games under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of first place. Since then, they've risen to first in the American League Central by winning 37 of their last 50 games.

The Tigers have fallen off the pace, but the Twins loom nearby as a challenger in the division. And with Minnesota's three best hitters all lefties -- most notably Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel -- the addition of Sale could help make the difference.

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