As they teeter between buyers and sellers, the third-place Phillies are possibly in the beginning of a roll that could help them get in position to make a run at the Braves and Nationals.
"No one is running away with it," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of the National League East and NL Wild Card races. "No one is invincible."
The White Sox, despite taking two out of three from Detroit, are last in the American League Central and have been fielding calls for weeks.
While the Phillies have won six of their last eight contests, the White Sox come to Philadelphia on Friday to open a three-game series struggling, as they have all season. The White Sox have lost five of their last seven and are 6-20 in their last 26 road games.
The last time the White Sox struggled like this was in 2007 -- the year of Chicago's last visit to Philadelphia and the only year in the Wild Card era the White Sox have finished worse than third place. The White Sox were swept by the Phillies that season, but look to get off to a better start this time around behind left-hander John Danks.
Danks has tossed three consecutive quality starts, working at least seven innings in each, but has failed to earn a victory during the stretch.
Said Danks after his last start, a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay: "I'm very confident with my stuff, and obviously the couple [starts] going into today were good. I was riding a pretty good high."
Danks faces a Phillies squad that has climbed to 1 1/2 games behind second-place Washington. The Phillies look to keep that streak rolling on Friday behind rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who has allowed three or fewer runs in four consecutive outings, winning his last two starts.
White Sox: Beckham keeps hitting
• Second baseman Gordon Beckham went 2-for-5 on Thursday and is hitting .400 with four doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in his last 17 games, nine of which have been multihit efforts. Beckham is hitting .375 since returning from the disabled list on June 3.
• With 430 home runs, Adam Dunn is one homer shy of tying Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time list.
• The White Sox are hitting .292 with runners in scoring position since June 1.
Phillies: Ruf slugging
• First baseman Darin Ruf has a .714 slugging percentage through his first 47 games, with 17 of his hits going for extra bases. Ruf's mark is the ninth highest for any player in their first 47 career at-bats since 2000.
He's also 6-for-16 (.375) since being called up to replace the injured Ryan Howard on Saturday.
• Center fielder Ben Revere has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, hitting .441 with nine multihit efforts.
• The Phillies lead the all-time series against the White Sox, 5-4.
• The White Sox are 5-9 in Interleague Play this season, including 1-6 on the road.
• White Sox starters have turned in nine quality starts in their last 12 outings.