NEW YORK -- A series sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox has the White Sox back in the lead for the third pick in next June’s amateur draft.
The Houston Astros and Miami Marlins have considerable ground between themselves and the rest of the field and would appear to be a lock for the top two picks.
Houston trails the White Sox by 11 1/2 games and Miami is six games back with 27 to play.
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Losers of three straight, the White Sox trail the Cubs by 1 1/ 2 games.
But as many as 11 teams are within seven games of the White Sox.
The Milwaukee Brewers are only 2 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins are 3. The Sox trail the San Diego Padres by 3 1/2, the San Francisco Giants by 4 1/2 and the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays by 5 games. The Seattle Mariners are 5 1/ 2 ahead of the White Sox, the New York Mets are 6 up and the Los Angeles Angels are 7 ahead.