Chicago White Sox: 6 Keys to Staying in the AL Central Race

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Chicago White Sox: 6 Keys to Staying in the AL Central Race
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The Chicago White Sox are officially contenders for the American Central League title. Through two months of the 2012 season, that is.

Chicago served notice to the visiting Cleveland Indians of the above sentiments, sweeping a weekend set at U.S. Cellular Field to close the gap between the two clubs to a mere half game. The White Sox exploded for 35 runs in the three games on 43 hits as several bats began to come out of hibernation.

Chicago has won their last three series and taken nine of their last 10 games to vault the Tigers for second place in the division standings. At 26-22, the White Sox have a chance to climb to five games over .500 with a win in Tampa Monday afternoon.

That doesn't sound impressive to you? The last time that happened was back in 2010.

The White Sox have put together an impressive stretch, but there are four more months to this season. I've seen enough AL Central races to know that we're far from crowning anybody on Memorial Day. The question on the minds of the fans is simple: Can this team keep it up?

We'll start getting that answer in Florida this week. Here are 6 keys to the White Sox staying in the thick of it as we enter June.

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