With Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, it's an anxious time in any clubhouse -- particularly the clubhouses of teams who are sellers.
This is where the White Sox, who are in last in the American League Central, come in. Chicago is still working to find that perfect blend and have at least two players who are repeatedly mentioned in trade talks -- Jake Peavy and Alex Rios.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura addressed some of the potential anxiety working its way into his clubhouse.
"You, as a player, you don't really know what's going on, you don't get a whole lot of information," Ventura said. "Probably overpack, and you sometimes have to wait for a phone call. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know if there's a perfect science to it. No matter how many times you've been through it, if you're not in control it's a little difficult to go through sometimes."
And while the Trade Deadline will remain the elephant in the room until Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox have to keep working with what they have as they head to Cleveland this week.
Heading into the four-game series, the Indians, who are in second place in the AL Central, will turn to Zach McAllister to help them continue their domination this season over Chicago.
The right-hander is 4-6 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts this season. He's faced the White Sox twice this year already, both times in April. In his latest outing against Chicago, on April 24, McAllister threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out four but took a loss in the 3-2 decision.
Indians manager Terry Francona noted how well his rotation has done lately after Sunday's 6-0 win over the Rangers.
"I would say that for the most part guys are attacking the strike zone better, throwing strike one," Francona said. "And then when we get to a 1-1 count, working ahead, not working from behind so much."
Meanwhile, the White Sox will turn to John Danks. The left-hander appeared to be getting it together in June but has scuffled of late, going 0-3 with a 5.60 ERA and .292 average against in his last four starts. But in six road starts this season, Danks is 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA and a.312 average against. Overall, he's 2-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 12 starts this season.
White Sox: Beckham dominating at the plate
Despite missing just over half of Chicago's games this season, Gordon Beckham is having a career year on offense. Going into Sunday's game with the Royals, Beckham was posting a .314/.339/.413 line, but Sunday marked only his 49th time in the lineup out of the club's 102 games.
Beckham has spent just over half of his season recovering from injuries -- his most recent return was Friday after missing five games with a strained ligament in his left wrist. And while he hasn't notched a hit since returning, he has been hitting the ball hard.
Prior to Sunday's game, Ventura noted that, injuries aside, this is how he expected Beckham to hit -- adding to his comment from after Saturday's game about how Beckham has improved since last year.
"I think he's changed a lot of what was wrong last year, at the end of last year he changed, and he brought it to Spring Training," Ventura said. "So he's had a pretty good run. You get a better idea of what he's going to be looking in the future, what he can do. That's all positive stuff. The wrist stuff has been flukish stuff, really. When he goes to the plate I expect him to get a hit -- that's where he's at right now -- or at least hit it hard."
Indians: Bourn carries six-game hitting streak
Michael Bourn has been a consistent offensive figure for the Indians of late. With at least a hit in each of his last six games, the center fielder is 7-for-24 in that stretch for a .292 batting average. He also has 10 RBIs in that span.
"He seems to be right in the middle of a lot of what we're doing when it's good, and that's a good sign for us," Francona said. "He's such a catalyst for us, so if he gets on a couple times a game, good things are going to happen for us."
• Cleveland has dominated the season series against Chicago with a 7-2 record this year. The Indians swept the White Sox in their last meeting, a four-game series in Chicago.
Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.