Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • Tennis

Chicago at Texas

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

After recently regaining the AL Central lead, it appears the Chicago White Sox are doing all they can to stay in first place going forward.

While Francisco Liriano won't join the club until after the weekend, he could provide a big boost down the stretch.

The White Sox try for a sixth consecutive victory and their first road sweep of the Texas Rangers in 27 years Sunday night.

Chicago (55-45) made a big splash Saturday, sending infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitching prospect Pedro Hernandez to Minnesota in exchange for Liriano.

"He just has to come here and be solid," Paul Konerko said. "He doesn't have to throw shutouts. He just has to give us a chance to win. That's all we're looking for."

Liriano is expected to remain in Minnesota until Chicago opens a three-game set there Monday. The White Sox have a chance to carry plenty of momentum into that series if they can keep things going in this one.

After snapping a season-worst five-game road losing streak with Friday's 9-5 victory, Chicago won 5-2 on Saturday to move 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Detroit in the division. Philip Humber held the Rangers (58-41) in check for six-plus innings while Konerko and Adam Dunn both hit two-run homers.

The White Sox, winners of five straight against the Rangers, haven't recorded a sweep of at least three games at Texas since winning four in a row Sept. 5-8, 1985.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have dropped four of six overall thanks in large part to batting .157 with runners in scoring position. They went 0 for 13 in such situations Saturday - their worst display since going 0 for 14 on May 13, 1997.

"If we start swinging the bat with some runners in scoring position, we can turn this thing around," manager Ron Washington said. "That's what's killing us right now."

Washington chose to leave Josh Hamilton out of Saturday's lineup, giving the slumping center fielder a mental break. Hamilton is mired in a 1-for-23 skid and batting .119 in his last 16 games but could be available Sunday.

Hamilton is 8 for 13 with a homer against White Sox scheduled starter Gavin Floyd (8-8, 4.46 ERA), who's gone 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA over his last five starts. The right-hander overcame a season-high six walks and limited Minnesota to three runs over six innings in a 7-4 victory Monday in his first outing since being removed from the disabled list with elbow tendinitis.

Floyd has experienced mixed results in this series over the course of his career, going 2-4 with 4.97 ERA over seven outings. He's compiled a 0.86 ERA in three of those starts and a 10.06 mark in the other four. Floyd most recently allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings during a 5-0 loss in Arlington on April 8.

The Rangers counter with Scott Feldman (4-6, 5.37), who's also held his own of late. Feldman is 4-0 with a 3.81 ERA in his last five appearances - four starts - while walking two in 26 innings.

Feldman started Monday against Boston after Roy Oswalt was scratched with back tightness and allowed one run and seven hits over a season-high seven innings in a 9-1 win - his first appearance since the All-Star break.

"We're very fortunate that we have a veteran like him, that, when an opportunity presents itself, he can go out there and keep us in the ballgame," Washington told the team's official website.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.45 ERA in his last six appearances - five starts - versus Chicago. Alex Rios and Konerko have both taken Feldman deep twice, going 9 for 26 and 6 for 19, respectively, in their matchups.

Texas hasn't been swept in a home series of at least three games since suffering four consecutive losses to Baltimore from July 8-11, 2010.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Probable Starters

Gavin Floyd, RHP
2012 stats
109.0 Innings Pitched 62.0
8-8 Wins-Losses 4-6
4.46 Earned Run Average 5.37
37 Walks 16
92 Strikeouts 44
100 Pitches Per Start 86
Career vs. opponent
38.0 Innings Pitched 46.0
2-4 Wins-Losses 2-2
4.97 Earned Run Average 5.09

Scott Feldman, RHP
weather image  Sunny. Extremely hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central6983.454156-4 L 1
Texas5th AL West6092.39534 ½ 7-3 W 6
vs Scott Feldman
vs Gavin Floyd
Game Odds
Chi. White Sox 145 Texas -155
Chi White Sox
N. JonesElbow
P. KonerkoHand
F. PaulinoShoulder
J. AdduciConcussion
S. BakerTriceps
E. BeltreLeg
M. ChoiceHamstring
S. ChooElbow
Y. DarvishElbow
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
K. KouzmanoffBack
M. MikolasShoulder
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
A. RiosThumb
T. ScheppersElbow
Series Game Log
May 2LAATEX 5-2Lewis Santiago 
May 3LAALAA 5-3Richards Tolleson 
May 4LAATEX 14-3Darvish Skaggs 
Jun 20LAALAA 7-3Richards Saunders 
Jun 21LAALAA 3-2Morin Cotts 
Jun 22LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Darvish 
Jul 10TEXLAA 15-6Santiago Lewis 
Jul 11TEXLAA 3-0Richards Tepesch 
Jul 12TEXLAA 5-2Weaver Mikolas 
Jul 13TEXLAA 10-7Skaggs Baker 
Aug 15TEXLAA 5-4Richards Martinez 
Aug 16TEXLAA 5-4Shoemaker Lewis 
Aug 17TEXTEX 3-2Feliz Street 
Sep 9TEXLAA 9-3Santiago Lewis 
Sep 10TEXLAA 8-1Shoemaker Tepesch 
Sep 11TEXLAA 7-3Morin Martinez 
Sep 19LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 20LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21LAA 3:35 PM EDT