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....White Sox clinch A.L. Central
As I was flipping this afternoon, I caught WGN's coverage of the clubhouse celebration. I wondered how the Sox, with a three-game lead, could clinch in an afternoon gamewith Cleveland yet to play the Royals and a final head-to-head series looming.
Note the somewhat complexity of the clincher:
"Chicago clinched because Cleveland can at best tie the White Sox, and no team can finish second in another division with 96 wins or more. If the AL Central is decided by a tiebreaker, it would go to the White Sox, who beat the Indians 11-5 in the season series, and Cleveland would be the wild card."
Granted, Cleveland's presence certainly impacts the Red Sox-Yankees series. But the above formula still doesn't sound like a real pennant race to me.