BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 30: Jose Lopez #18 of the Chicago White Sox tosses his batting helmet after striking out swining to end the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

White Sox Vs. Orioles: Chicago Falls 5-3 In Game Four, Loses Series 3-1

The White Sox failed to improve their AL Central lead on Thursday, falling 5-3 to the Baltimore Orioles and losing the four-game set three games to one.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Comeback Falls Short In 5-3 Chicago Loss

The Chicago White Sox started a comeback against the Baltimore Orioles in the final game of their four-game set, but fell short and lost 5-3 in the end. That's a 3-1 series loss to the Orioles, heading into a very crucial series against the Detroit Tigers. Chicago leads the AL Central division by just a couple of games, and if the Detroit Tigers win their game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, they could take control of the division when Chicago comes to town for a three-game set on Friday.

Jose Quintana was handed the loss for the White Sox, as he gave up five runs off of seven hits with just one strikeout in three-plus innings of work. He allowed two homeruns, to Taylor Teagarden and Adam Jones. Both of them had two RBI on the day. Nate Jones took over the work when Quintana was taken out, and he held the fort for just over two innings. Hector Santiago and Donnie Veal closed the game out for Chicago, with seven strikeouts between the final three pitchers.

Zach Britton was given the win, and he boasts a 4-1 record on the season for Baltimore. He lasted eight innings, giving up seven hits but only one run. He gave way to Pedro Strop, who didn't last an inning, immediately giving up two hits and two runs in the ninth before he was pulled. By then, the score was 5-3, but Jim Johnson came in and picked up the win and the save for the Orioles.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Score Update: Chicago Trails 5-1 In Sixth

The Chicago White Sox are certainly making things harder for themselves in the AL Central. They've got a two-game lead over the Detroit Tigers, but are struggling to get out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a series split in the final game of a four-game set. Chicago lost the first two games before picking up a win in Game 3, but trail the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Much of the damage was done by the fourth inning, as Jose Quintana lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs, with only one strikeout and two homeruns allows. Since then, Nate Jones has taken over and managed to keep it scoreless since then, but the White Sox have only been able to put one run on the board.

Taylor Teagarden has a home run and an RBI for Baltimore, while Gordon Beckham scored the only run of the day for Chicago. Zach Britton has lasted six innings, allowing six hits and the one run for the Orioles. They're well in control of this one through five-and-a-half innings.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Jose Lopez In At 3B

The Chicago White Sox look to split their series with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday afternoon. The White Sox will send Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.86 ERA) to the mound to take on Zach Britton (3-1, 5.59 ERA) for the Orioles. Britton has been hot for Baltimore, winning both of his last two starts in impressive fashion.

The White Sox will only make one change to its lineup from Wednesday; recently called-up infielder Jose Lopez will start at third base in place of Kevin Youkilis. Matt Wieters is getting the day off for Baltimore.

Full lineups for the 12:35 p.m. EST game are below:

Chicago White Sox

1. DeWayne Wise - CF
2. Jose Lopez - 3B
3. Adam Dunn - DH
4. Paul Konerko - 1B
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski - C
7. Dayan Viciedo - LF
8. Alexei Ramirez - SS
9. Gordon Beckham - 2B

Baltimore Orioles

1. Nick Markakis - RF
2. J.J. Hardy - SS
3. Adam Jones - CF
4. Mark Reynolds - 1B
5. Lew Ford - DH
6. Nate McLouth - LF
7. Manny Machado - 3B
8. Robert Andino - 2B
9. Taylor Teagarden - C

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Jake Peavy Over Eye Infection, Will Be Ready For White Sox Vs. Tigers Opener On Friday

Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday after he went to a local hospital Tuesday due to an infection in his right eye, but the issue has cleared up and now the veteran says he's ready to return to the mound on Friday against the Detroit Tigers.

It's a big series for the White Sox, who hold a three-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central heading into Thursday's games. The Sox will send Francisco Liriano to the mound Saturday and Chris Sale on Sunday (Sale gets a marquee matchup against Justin Verlander) for the three-game set against Detroit.

A hospital trip sparked by impaired vision doesn't sound good, but CSN-Chicago has some calming footage of a healthy-looking Peavy discussing his quick recovery in his own words:

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White Sox Demote Pitcher Dylan Axelrod After 8-1 Victory

Dylan Axelrod gave the Chicago White Sox a great start yesterday, but that's not keeping him from being demoted to Double-A Birmingham.

Axelrod allowed only one run in 7.1 innings of Wednesday's 8-1 White Sox victory over the Baltimore Orioles to improve to 2-2 on the season, and he likely will be back on the roster before the end of the season. He is being demoted to Birmingham rather than Triple-A Charlotte so that he can be brought back up to the White Sox faster.

By sending Axelrod down, the White Sox are able to bring up utility infielder Jose Lopez. Lopez, who plays second and third, appeared in 66 games for the Cleveland Indians earlier this season. The White Sox signed him to a minor league contract on Aug. 15 and he has since batted .306 with ten RBIs for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Preview: Chicago Goes For Split In Baltimore

The Chicago White Sox dropped their first two games against the Baltimore Orioles this week, but will have a chance to salvage a split when they take the field on Thursday afternoon. The good news for Chicago is that the Detroit Tigers, who have been nipping at their heels in the NL Central for most of the second half, have dropped two games this week in Kansas City. The White Sox, shockingly, could actually open up an even bigger lead in the Central with a win on Wednesday.

On the hill for the White Sox will be Jose Quintana, who has lowered his ERA under three for the season by throwing quality starts in three of his four starts in August. He'll be opposed by Orioles starter Zach Britton, who has given up only two earned runs in 13.2 innings in his last two starts.

Game date/time: Thursday, Aug. 30, 11:35 a.m. CT

Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Axelrod Leads Chicago To 8-1 Win

The Chicago White Sox were looking for a solid start from pitcher Dylan Axelrod as they tried to get back in the win column on Wednesday night, and they managed to give him a nice little cushion to work with. The White Sox busted out for four runs in the first inning off Baltimore starter Joe Saunders, and Axelrod took the baton from there. In 7.1 innings, Axelrod allowed three hits and a single earned run while striking out five and walking four.

Those four first-inning runs came on a two-run double by Alex Rios and a two-run single by Alexei Ramirez. Gordon Beckham doubled home the fifth run in the fourth inning and singled home runs six and seven in the top of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Dayan Viciedo singled home Adam Dunn, and when Axelrod came back out he was enjoying an 8-1 lead.

The win means the White Sox will at least have a chance to split their four-game set with the Orioles when the two teams take the field on Thursday afternoon.

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Alejandro De Aza Injury: Chicago CF Likely To Return Over Weekend

Chicago White Sox CF Alejandro De Aza has been on the disabled list since Aug. 18 with a bruised ribcage, but he's expected to return to the team over the weekend. De Aza has been rehabbing from his injury in Charlotte with Chicago's Triple-A team.

In De Aza's absence, center field for the White Sox has mostly been manned by DeWayne Wise. In 62 plate appearances for Chicago, Wise has batted .295/.306/.459 with three homers and three steals. In 111 games this season, De Aza has batted .281/.346/.398 with 21 steals, 24 doubles and six homers.

There has been no indication who the White Sox will demote when De Aza is ready, but Wise figures to remain with the club.

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Jake Peavy Comments On Strasburg Shutdown

Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy commented today on the Washington Nationals' apparent decision to shut down ace starter Stephen Strasburg before the playoffs, according to a report from Comcast Sports Net. While speaking on SiriusXM Radio's Inside Pitch today, Peavy said shutting down a team's best starter on the eve of a playoff appearance would be "awfully, awfully hard":

"You got some veteran guys on that team who may not be there next year, this might be their only chance to win. And to take the best player, pitcher off that team going in the playoffs -- as a player, you understand where the organization comes from -- there's no chance that I can imagine players in that clubhouse are happy that they're going to go to the playoffs and Stephen Strasburg isn't going to start game one."

Peavy went on to compare it to the current situation in Chicago, with the White Sox also on the cusp of the playoffs and dependent on a young ace:

"It'd be awfully hard for me if Kenny [Williams] came out tomorrow in the media and said, you know what if we make the playoffs Chris Sale's not going to pitch in them," Peavy said. "That'd take the wind out of a lot of our sails."

The White Sox entered tonight's game in Baltimore with a two-game lead in the AL Central. The Nationals are up four games on Atlanta in the NL East.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles: Starting Lineups For Game Three

The Chicago White Sox were riding a six-game winning streak heading into their four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles, but are now riding a two-game losing skid heading into Game Three. Tuesday was a particularly poor outing, with Chicago losing a 6-0 shutout. Still, they're at the top of the AL Central division, but are just two games ahead of the Detroit Tigers and need to stop the bleeding sooner rather than later.

Still, the White Sox are keeping their lineup mostly intact from Tuesday. The only change is the removal of catcher A.J. Pierzynski in favor of Tyler Flowers. The Orioles are actually making some changes though, by pulling out second baseman Robert Andino and designated hitter Lew Ford in favor of Omar Quintanilla and Chris Davis, respectively.

Below, we've got the full lineups for game three, which begins at 8:05 p.m.:

White Sox Lineups

1. Dewayne Wise CF
2. Kevin Youkilis 3B
3. Adam Dunn DH
4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. Alex Rios RF
6. Dayan Viciedo LF
7. Alexei Ramirez SS
8. Tyler Flowers C
9. Gordon Beckham 2B

Orioles Lineups

1. Nick Markakis RF
2. J.J. Hardy SS
3. Nate McLouth LF
4. Adam Jones CF
5. Matt Wieters C
6. Chris Davis DH
7. Mark Reynolds 1B
8. Omar Quintanilla 2B
9. Manny Machado 3B

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Preview: Chicago Looks To Avoid Third Straight Loss

The Chicago White Sox came into their series against the Baltimore Orioles riding the wave of a six-game winning streak, but they'll enter Wednesday's game at Camden Yards looking to pump the brakes on a two-game losing skid. After a one-run loss on Monday night, the White Sox were blanked, 6-0, on Tuesday night, and will now turn to starter Dylan Axelrod to help stem the tide.

Axelrod hasn't pitched in the majors since mid-July, when he gave up two earned runs in a single inning pitched to the Detroit Tigers. In his last start, in Boston a few days before that, he allowed only a single run on seven hits through 6 2-3 innings while striking out eight batters. On the season, Axelrod has posted a 5.63 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 38 1-3 innings.

The Orioles, meanwhile, will trot out the newly acquired Joe Saunders, who comes over from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It will be Saunders' first start as a member of the Orioles; in his final two starts for Arizona, he allowed 14 earned runs in 9 2-3 innings.

Game date/time: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6:10 p.m. CT

Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Sox Manage 2 Hits In 6-0 Loss

The Chicago White Sox offense never got started against the Orioles on Tuesday night, recording only two hits en route to being shut out 6-0.

Chris Sale gave up six hits and four earned runs in the first four innings, giving Baltimore all the cushion it needed. The Orioles added two runs off of Phil Humber who threw the final four innings for the White Sox, giving up five hits.

Baltimore tagged each White Sox pitcher for one home run, a solo shot by Lew Ford in the third inning and another by Adam Jones in the seventh.

For Baltimore, Chris Tillman gave up just one hit and no runs in seven innings of work. Brian Matusz took over in the eighth and picked up right where Tillman left off, closing out the game with two innings of one-hit baseball.

Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo had the two hits for Chicago. Adding to Chicago's offensive stuggles was an 0-for-4 mark with runners in scoring position and six runners stranded on base.

Nate McLouth was 3-for-4 on the night for Baltimore. Nick Markakis collected three RBI while going 1-for-4.

The White Sox are now 71-57 on the season and 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race. The White Sox will look to win their first game of the series tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. CT and 7:05 p.m. ET.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Starting Lineups: Chicago Lefty Chris Sale Aiming For 16th Victory

Looking to get back on track after dropping Monday's opener, the Chicago White Sox will send out Cy Young candidate Chris Sale on Tuesday night for Game 2 against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 6'6" Sale has amassed a 15-4 record and 2.65 earned-run average over 22 starts with Chicago this season, and is firmly in contention for honors as the league's top pitcher despite being only 23 years old. Sale's win total currently places him in a tie for second in the American League, and his ranks in ERA (4th), WHIP (3rd) and strikeouts (8th) are each nothing to scoff at either.

Sale will face off against a swing-happy Baltimore team that sits a mere one game behind the White Sox in the AL standings, in a meeting where Chris Tillman is expected to take the mound for the Orioles. Along with a stellar 6-2 mark since joining the rotation on July 4, Tillman has shown an improved propensity to miss bats during his fourth MLB season.

Here are Tuesday's lineups:

White Sox
1. DeWayne Wise - CF
2. Kevin Youkilis - 3B
3. Adam Dunn - DH
4. Paul Konerko - 1B
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski - C
7. Dayan Viciedo - LF
8. Alexei Ramirez - SS
9. Gordon Beckham - 2B
Chris Sale - SP

Orioles
1. Nick Markakis - RF
2. J.J. Hardy - SS
3. Adam Jones - CF
4. Matt Wieters - C
5. Lew Ford - DH
6. Mark Reynolds - 1B
7. Nate McLouth - LF
8. Manny Machado - 3B
9. Robert Andino - 2B
Chris Tillman - SP

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Gavin Floyd Injury: Right Elbow Strain Sends Sox Starter To 15-Day DL

The Chicago White Sox announced that starting pitcher Gavin Floyd was moved to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon. Dan Hayes had the news on Twitter:

Floyd left his last start on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners after two innings because of a right elbow flexor strain. The DL move is retroactive to August 27; Floyd also hit the disabled list from July 17-23 with the same injury. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 9-9 record and 4.55 ERA in 2012.

Dylan Axelrod, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, will start for the White Sox on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is 7-5 with a 2.88 era in 15 AAA starts this season. Axelrod has pitched 38.1 innings at the major league level in 2012, and has a 5.63 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Preview: Sale Looks To Continue AL East Dominance

Chris Sale (15-4) will look to continue his dominance of the AL East on Tuesday, when the Chicago White Sox visit the Baltimore Orioles.

The tall lefty was sensational in his last outing, holding the New York Yankees to just one run over 7.2 innings, while striking out 13. In May, Sale struck out 15 Rays. Sale will face the Orioles on Tuesday, who are third in the AL in strikeouts.

The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman, who has been serviceable in nine starts this year, posting a 3.71 ERA.

The series has playoff ramifications for both clubs, as the White Sox currently lead the Detroit Tigers by two games in the AL Central. Baltimore, meanwhile, holds one of the AL wild-card spots, and also trails the Yankees by 3.5 games in the AL East.

Tuesday's game will begin at 6:05 p.m. CT.

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White Sox Latest Victim Of Orioles' Amazing Aptitude In 1-Run Games

In a game in which neither team ever led by more than one run, the Orioles managed to win their 13th-consecutive one-run game, ending the White Sox's six-game winning streak.

As is the case in many one-run affairs, Monday night's game came down to the bullpens. Brett Myers has been solid for the White Sox all year, but he allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

As described by Jim Margalus, here's how the runs were allowed:

Brett Myers issued a one-out walk to Mark Reynolds on a 3-2 curveball off the corner that Reynolds somehow found a way to take. Two pitches later, Nate McLouth -- he of one homer of the year -- hit his second on a grooved 1-0 fastball, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead and the ballgame, killing the White Sox's winning streak at six games.

For a full recap, check out Margalus' article. And for all your White Sox updates, head over to South Side Sox.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Final Score: Brett Myers Surrenders Late Lead In 4-3 Loss

Brett Myers gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, one frame after the White Sox had grabbed a lead, as Chicago fell 4-3 to the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday night.

Francisco Liriano allowed two earned runs over five-plus innings in the start. He left with a 2-1 lead after Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer in the top of the sixth had given the Sox a 2-1 lead, but he allowed a walk and a hit to lead off the bottom frame. The leadoff walk came around to score on a bases loaded walk issued by Jesse Crain.

An infield single from Adam Dunn in the top of the eighth gave Chicago the lead again, but Myers allowed the home run to Nate McLouth in the bottom frame as Baltimore took a 4-3 lead. The White Sox got the tying run to second with two outs in the ninth, but could not tie the game.

Youkilis went 2-for-4 with the homer, while Dewayne Wise went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

With the loss and the Tigers being off, Chicago's lead in the AL Central moved down to two games.

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White Sox Vs. Orioles Preview: Chicago Looks To Extend Win Streak, Division Lead Against Baltimore

The Chicago White Sox look to extend their current six-game win streak as they battle the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game set this week.

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