Nearing AL Central title, White Sox visit Tigers

The Chicago White Sox moved closer to an American League Central Division title on Monday despite losing to the Detroit Tigers.With second-place Cleveland getting swept by Kansas City in a doubleheader, the White Sox’s magic number to clinch the division is two.They can clinch the title with a win in Detroit on Tuesday and another Cleveland loss.However, the White Sox (85-65) will probably be in their hotel rooms if that occurs. Their game has been moved to 1:10 p.m. ET due to a forecast of steady rain in the Detroit area later in the day.Manager Tony La Russa is more concerned with how his team is performing than the weather.”We haven’t been consistent,” he said. “And it’s not like it’s not relevant, because when (Cleveland) gets beat, the number goes down. But the priority is: What are we doing, and how can we get more consistent? And that’s where the focus is.”The White Sox will have another option in the outfield on Tuesday.Adam Engel is expected to come off the injured list. He has battled hamstring, shoulder and groin injuries this season while appearing in just 33 games. His defense could be a factor in the postseason.”It was good to see him,” La Russa said. “Looks good, feels good.”Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.13 ERA) is scheduled to start for Detroit (73-78) on Tuesday. Alexander began the season as a long reliever but has made 12 starts, including 10 during the last three months.He’ll be seeking his first victory since Aug. 7. He’s pitched against American League East Division leader Tampa Bay in his last two outings, allowing a combined four earned runs in 10 innings.Alexander has made five relief appearances against the White Sox this season, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He has struck out nine in eight innings against Chicago this year.