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After dropping their series to Cleveland and falling further behind in the AL Central race, the White Sox will welcome the AL West leading Texas Rangers to U.S. Cellular field as they try to climb back into contention in their division. Though the Sox are far from out of the chase for a post season spot, they need to turn on another win streak if they want to catch the Indians and the first place Detroit Tigers.
Pitching for the Sox as they open their series against the Rangers will be Jake Peavy, 5-5 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Peavy is coming off of a start against Kansas City in which he earned a no decision after giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk over 5.2 innings pitched, while striking out six. In his last game against the Rangers, Peavy also earned a no decision, pitching just 3.0 innings and giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. This year, Josh Hamilton is 2-for-2 against Peavy.
Matt Harrison, 10-8 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, will take the mound for the Rangers. Harrison's last start, against Oakland, saw him earn a no decision after giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over 5.1 innings pitched, while striking out six. In his last game against the Sox, Harrison also earned a no decision, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks over 7.0 innings pitched, while striking out six. This year, Brent Morel is 1-for-2 against Harrison with a home run.
The weather in Chicago is forecast to be clear and warm, with a game time temperature in the upper 70's. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WCIU and TXA-21.