Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano #58 of the Chicago White Sox talks with A.J. Pierzynski #12 during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

White Sox Lose To Royals, Magic Number Remains 12

Alex Rios was thrown out at the plate, Alexei Ramirez was picked off third base and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox again failed to come up with a clutch hit in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.