Chicago White Sox will try to ‘keep pressing the pedal’ as they trail the Cleveland Guardians by 4 games entering a crucial 3-game series

Three games. Three opportunities for the Chicago White Sox to make up ground in the American League Central. Three chances for the Cleveland Guardians to solidify

their spot at the top of the division. The Sox host the Guardians in a crucial series beginning Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. “You’ve got to win that first

game,” Sox outfielder AJ Pollock said after Sunday’s 11-5 win against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, “and then, yeah, you’ve got to keep pressing the pedal down.” The

Sox trail by four games after the Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins 11-4 on Monday at Progressive Field. The season series is an important factor if tiebreakers come into

play, and the Guardians hold a 9-7 edge. The Sox lost six of the first seven meetings but have won six of the last nine — including a five-homer performance in an 8-2 victory in

Thursday’s makeup game at Progressive Field. Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo stressed the importance of looking at step one — Tuesday — instead of the bigger picture.

“You don’t want to be thinking like, ‘Go and sweep,’” Cairo said Sunday. “You concentrate on Tuesday, really play hard, go after it and dig in. You are going to win or you are

going to lose. Hopefully it’s going to be on our side. We just have to concentrate one game at a time.” Outfielder Andrew Vaughn and pitcher Vince Velasquez echoed that

approach.