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  • Paul Boucher
  • Chris Sale won his 16th Saturday, in spite of some ninth-inning shakes from closer Addison Reed.

The White Sox have thrived under manager Robin Ventura’s no-nonsense, just-baseball approach this season. Certainly, there must have been moves beneath the calm surface—such as demands to prepare for each—but for the most part in the dugout, Ventura has just seemed to sit back and let the guys play.

Now, however, he and pitching coach Don Cooper have to steer the Sox to the playoffs by protecting their one-game lead in the American League Central over the Detroit Tigers. To do so, they’re going to have to cobble together a solid pitching staff for the last three weeks of the season.

This is going to call for some managing.