The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the AL Central for the first time since 2008.


The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians to win the AL Central for the first time since 2008.

The Chicago White Sox won the opening game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Thursday at Progressive Field, clinching their first American League Central title in more than a decade.

The White Sox have won their sixth division title, and their first since 2008. The White Sox are ready to earn their first back-to-back postseason visits in franchise history after becoming the first MLB team to win a division title this season.

In 2020, the White Sox qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team, but they were defeated in the first round by the Oakland Athletics.

Tony La Russa, the White Sox manager, described the situation as “Fantasy Island.” “This is how I’m coming back. We are all aware of the fact. When I took over the first three jobs, the clubs were in dire straits. Managers don’t often find themselves in a scenario like this, with a team that is so eager to win. As a result, I’m quite fortunate.”

La Russa, 76, managed the White Sox from 1979 to 1986 before moving on to the A’s (1986-95) and St. Louis Cardinals (1996-2011). In 2014, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after winning three World Series titles with Oakland and St. Louis.

After a decade in retirement, La Russa returned to the White Sox in October 2020 for his second tenure as manager.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said of La Russa, “He came in and let us to be ourselves.” “He always starts with the players. He let us play the game the way we wanted to, and he let us have a good time.”

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Anderson hit two home runs to lead the White Sox to a triumph over the Indians on Thursday. In the second inning, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert both hit back-to-back home runs.

Next month, the White Sox will most likely face the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.

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