ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 18: Outfielder Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 18, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Pitchers Duel Sends White Sox Losing Streak To Six

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James Shields Four-Hits The Sox

It seems like his first start against the Sox, in which he gave up five runs in just six innings was a fluke for James Shields.

At least that’s what it looked like on Tuesday evening. The Sox, in the midst of a horrific losing skid, dropped another to the suddenly hot hitting Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. James Sheilds threw his first complete game since 2008, holding the Sox to just four hits and a walk on the night, while also striking out nine.

John Danks pitched well enough for the win, but was outdueled by Shields. Danks threw a solid seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out five. It was Danks’ third quality start in his last four trips to the mound, but he still finds himself winless on the season.

Most of the Sox struggles appear to be coming from the offense, which has been slumping in the face of excellent opposing pitching. Adam Dunn had another rough night at the plate, striking out three times. Since he returned to play, Dunn has just two hits in 23 tries, with fourteen strikeouts.

The Rays and the White Sox will play the third game of their four game series in Tampa Bay on Wednesday. First pitch will be at 5:40 P.M., CDT.


In The Midst Of Skid, White Sox Look To John Danks

After putting together short winning streaks to start the year, the White Sox now find themselves on the other side, in the midst of a downhill skid, now standing at five losses in a row. They'll turn to John Danks on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay to try to turn things around.

Danks is still looking for his first win of the year. Though he pitched a strong eight innings in his last start, giving up just one earned run, the White Sox bullpen collapsed and left him with a no decision. So far, he's 0-1 with 3.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Against the Rays over his career, Danks is 5-2 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in eight starts. Few of the Rays have had much experience against Danks, and of those that have, only three hit him decently well. Casey Kotchman is 4-for-13 wit ha double and a triple, while Reid Brignac is 3-for-6 and Sean Rodriguez is 3-for-8, both with triples.

Throwing for the Rays this evening will be James Shields. On the season so far, Shields is 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over three starts. The White Sox have already seen Shields once this season. In that start he pitched 6.0 innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. The Sox also took him deep three times. Over his career against the Sox, Shields is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in eight starts. Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez have both hit Shields well. Beckham is 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run, and Alexei is 6-for-15 with two home runs.

First pitch is at 5:40 P.M., and the game will be televised on WCIU and Sun Sports HD.

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