The Chicago White Sox have just clinched the 2005 AL Central Division championship. They once had a 15-game lead, and looked like they would squander it as the Cleveland Indians surged in August and September. This weekend’s series between the teams appeared to be a looming showdown, but not now, as Cleveland’s three-game losing streak (all by one run and two to the Devil Rays) and a just-in-time recovery by the White Sox put the dvision away the day before the “showdown” would have begun.
It was good to see Bobby Jenksâ€”once a top Angels prospect who was foolishly left unprotected this past winterâ€”snapping off some beautiful curves and zinging his 96-MPH heat to earn the save in the clincher.
The Indians remain alive in the wild card race. One of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Indians will be left out. And the Angels await the outcome of these last games to find out who their first round opponent will be.