The all-star break couldn't have come at a better time for the Chicago White Sox. The Sox had just finished a 2-5 homestand against two teams that were below them in the standings, and they still couldn't win at home or against teams from their own division. A few days away from the game and the Sox have seemed to enjoy the mental break and Sunday will go for their first three-game sweep over the Tigers since April of 2008.
Philip Humber was one of the few bright spots for the Sox in the first half of the season. Humber went 8-5 with a 3.10 ERA. The Sox righty is coming off his only real bad outing of the season. On July 7th, Humber didn't make it out of the fourth inning allowing six runs on 11 hits in a loss to the Twins. Sunday will be the first time that Humber will start against the Tigers.
The Tigers will counter with Brad Penny. Penny is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.50 on the season. As average as those numbers might be, his numbers against the White Sox this season are anything but average. In two previous starts this season, Penny is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.25 against the Sox.
The forecast in Detroit at the time of first pitch is temps in the 90's under sunny skies. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 CST. The game can be seen on WGN.