Second place seems about right for Sox

CHICAGO -- This isn't an obituary, because you don't publish those when the subject is still technically alive.

No, this is more like the call you make to family and friends when an elderly relative is sick. "You might want to come say goodbye. They don't have long."

The end is near and everyone knows it. After the Chicago White Sox's eighth loss in nine games, 3-2 to Tampa Bay on Thursday, their postgame clubhouse felt defeated and funereal. For a team that has spent 117 days in first place, this feels like a second-place team.

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