Expectations were low for the White Sox heading into 2012. The club jettisoned team ace Mark Buehrle, closer Sergio Santos, and manager Ozzie Guillen, while Adam Dunn and Alex Rios were among the worst everyday players in the league in 2011. Instead, the Sox led the AL Central for 117 days, and they did not relinquish the division crown until the final two weeks of September. The surprising effort was largely attributable to rebounds from 2011's largest disappointments. Dunn hit 41 home runs, Rios was a four-win player, and Jake Peavy made 30 starts for the first time since the team acquired him in 2009. Chris Sale successfully underwent the conversion from top-flight reliever to one of the best left-handed starters in the AL, and first-time regulars Dayan Viciedo (25 home runs) and Alejandro De Aza (26 steals) impressed in the outfield. The team added Francisco Liriano, Brett Myers, Kevin Youkilis, and Orlando Hudson over the course of the season, but ultimately the Tigers out-talente
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