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Rays vs. White Sox preview: Chicago tries to remain in playoff picture against Tampa Bay

After dropping the first in a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Chicago White Sox need a win to break their three-game losing skid.

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The Chicago White Sox, amid a three-game losing streak, are losing ground in the AL Central division race as they look to turn things around against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a four-game series on Friday night.

After Thursday's 3-2 loss, Chicago now currently sits two games behind the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central lead while the Rays, although four games out of the AL East division lead, remain only two games back of the Oakland Athletics for the second AL Wild Card spot.

The White Sox will send starter Gavin Floyd (10-11, 4.56 ERA) to the hill, while Tampa Bay counters with Jeremy Hellickson (9-10, 3.20 ERA). In Floyd's last start he went six innings and gave up four earned runs in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Sept. 23.

Hellickson didn't allow an earned run in 5⅔ innings in a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Sept. 23.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, and the game will be aired on WCIU-TV.