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Chicago White Sox: 5 Thoughts Following Their 19-2 Rout Over the Rangers
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In a battle of division leaders Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox trounced the Texas Rangers 19-2 during the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago (Yahoo! Sports).

All-Star pitcher Chris Sale quieted the Rangers and their top-ranked offense, holding the Texas to just five hits and one earned run over 7.1 innings.

The White Sox offense jumped on Roy Oswalt early, who gave up 13 hits for the second consecutive game. The 34-year-old hurler was recently signed by the Rangers, who have lost starting pitchers Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis to the disabled list.

During last night's rout of the Rangers, the White Sox matched their season high of 21 hits in a game. The 19 runs scored was the most runs in a game for the White Sox since they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 20-6 in 2006.

The White Sox remained two games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, and picked up a game on the Detroit Tigers, who dropped their second game in a row to the last-place Minnesota Twins.

The two teams will square off again today on Independence Day, and the White Sox will try to keep the fireworks show going against struggling Rangers starter, Scott Feldman.

Was last night's impressive offensive display by the White Sox a sign that the team is heating up like the nation's record tempera tures? Here are five thoughts following the White Sox's 19-2 win over the Rangers.

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