CHICAGO -- Chicago has recently won Academy Awards and Tony Awards, but no World Series. Now Chicago (the baseball city, not the musical) is one giant step closer to a Fall Classic breakthrough.The same formula keeps working for the White Sox, who took a demonstrative first step toward their first World Series title since 1917: Stifling starting pitching. Suffocating defense. An occasional long ball. More station-to-station ball. And no more Mr. Nice Guy: Ozzie Guillen unleashed his relievers in Saturday night's 5-3 win, including Bobby Jenks, whose fastballs registered about two-and-a-half times the ninth inning temperature. That added up to an Astronomical problem.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.