(WSCR) Coming into Tuesday afternoon’s game, the White Sox owned a one-game divisional lead over the Tigers with nine games to play.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he’s doing his best to treat these final games just as he did in the beginning of the season.

“For me, it’s no different,” Vetura told The McNeil and Spiegel Show on Tuesday. “We’re still trying to play the same game we were in April. They might mean more right now, but it doesn’t do you any good to get tight and press and do all those things to try to win a game and play a game. Slow the game down, try to have fun with it. We might not win this game, but because you don’t win this game, you might win the next two.”

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Though Ventura might be considered an unconventional manager, he’s kept his team in first place for the majority of his first season at the helm.

“All I can ask for really is effort,” he said. “That’s what I’ve focused on – them preparing and doing what they’re supposed to do. For me, effort, if that’s there, then I have no problem with outcomes.”

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