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Chicago at Tampa Bay

Venue: Tropicana Field
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One of the few concerns currently facing the surging Chicago White Sox is the performance of Philip Humber.

Still searching for his first victory since pitching a perfect game more than a month ago, Humber tries to help the White Sox extend their longest winning streak of the season to seven games Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

While Chicago (27-22) has won 10 of 11 to move within one-half game of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central, Humber (1-2, 5.80 ERA) has struggled to sustain any kind of success since throwing the 21st perfect game in major league history April 21 at Seattle. Since that achievement, the right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in six starts.

Humber gave up three runs over 13 innings spanning two solid starts, but then allowed five runs Thursday in 4 1-3 innings of Chicago's 11-8 win over Minnesota.

"I haven't felt like I've really been in sync probably for awhile now," Humber said. "I've got to figure out what's going on. There's a lot of feel that goes on as a pitcher."

The right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA against the Rays last season.

Chicago had averaged 10.4 runs in its previous five games, but needed only a two-run homer from Adam Dunn and a 15-strikeout performance over 7 1-3 innings from Chris Sale to win 2-1 at Tampa Bay on Monday.

The White Sox are trying to win seven in a row for the first time since Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2010.

Dunn, who had 11 homers during a disappointing 2011, has 11 this month alone and 16 on the season.

"You get some guys on and he can do a lot of damage," manager Robin Ventura said of Dunn, whose 37 RBIs are five fewer than his 2011 total.

He has a chance to homer in four straight road games for the first time since Aug. 4-7, 2004, while with Cincinnati.

Teammate Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Batting .395 on the season, Konerko has hit .540 (27 for 50) during the streak. He's batting .415 in his last 11 games versus Tampa Bay, but is 5 for 23 with no extra-base hits against Tuesday's scheduled starter James Shields (6-2, 3.63).

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his last two home starts after going 8-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his previous 10 outings at Tropicana Field. He allowed three runs and struck out 10 in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-4, 11-inning win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Shields is 4-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts versus the White Sox including postseason. He gave up four hits during a complete-game 2-1 home victory in his last outing against them April 19, 2011.

Ben Zobrist had two of the three hits Monday for the Rays (29-20), who failed to earn a fifth win in six games. Zobrist is batting .213 this season, but .350 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 12 career home games against the White Sox.

It's unclear if new teammate Hideki Matsui will play after being called up from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday. The former New York Yankees star, who turns 38 next month, signed a minor league deal with the Rays on April 30 is expected to see some at-bats as their designated hitter.

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Probable Starters

Philip Humber, RHP
2012 stats
45.0 Innings Pitched 67.0
1-2 Wins-Losses 6-2
5.80 Earned Run Average 3.63
22 Walks 21
42 Strikeouts 66
93 Pitches Per Start 111
Career vs. opponent
16.2 Innings Pitched 61.1
1-1 Wins-Losses 3-2
3.78 Earned Run Average 4.70

James Shields, RHP
Weather
weather image  Afternoon clouds. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
89°F77°F14mph/SW57%37%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central6275.45313 ½ 3-7 W 1
Tampa Bay4th AL East6771.486134-6 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs James Shields
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Beckham84111.500
Ramirez176230.353
Rios369126.250
Hudson82012.250
Pierzynski276012.222
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Philip Humber
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Joyce32000.667
Johnson21000.500
Rhymes21000.500
Sutton21001.500
Pena52111.400
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Chi. White Sox 160 Tampa Bay -170
Injuries
Chi White Sox
PlayerInjury
N. JonesElbow
F. PaulinoShoulder
Tampa Bay
PlayerInjury
T. BeckhamKnee
D. JenningsKnee
M. MooreElbow
J. PeraltaIllness
J. SandsWrist
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31TBTB 9-2Price Dickey 
Apr 1TBTOR 4-2Hutchison Cobb 
Apr 2TBTOR 3-0Buehrle Moore 
Apr 3TBTB 7-2Archer Morrow 
May 26TORTOR 10-5Hutchison Bedard 
May 27TORTOR 9-6Buehrle Cobb 
May 28TORTOR 3-2Loup Oviedo 
Jul 11TBTOR 8-5Loup Balfour 
Jul 12TBTB 10-3Odorizzi Hutchison 
Jul 13TBTB 3-0Price Dickey 
Aug 22TORTB 8-0Smyly Stroman 
Aug 23TORTOR 5-4McGowan Peralta 
Aug 24TORTB 2-1McGee Santos 
Sep 2TB 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 3TB 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 4TB 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Sep 13TOR 1:07 PM EDT  
Sep 14TOR 1:07 PM EDT