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Chicago at Detroit

Venue: Comerica Park
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The Chicago White Sox are hoping their second fill-in starter in two days fares better than the first.

A night after Charlie Leesman wasn't able to make it through three innings in place of ace Chris Sale, manager Robin Ventura turns to Andre Rienzo for a spot start in place of Felipe Paulino on Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.

"You have to have guys be able to fill in, and tonight wasn't the night," Ventura told the team's official website after Tuesday's 8-6 loss.

Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday as Paulino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Rienzo threw a scoreless inning in his first major league relief appearance in Sunday's 16-2 win over Texas after starting the season 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in three minor league starts. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 10 starts for Chicago (10-11) last year and faced the Tigers once, holding them to two runs in six innings Aug. 4.

Detroit's Drew Smyly has also transitioned into the rotation. After beginning the season with six scoreless innings in the Tigers' bullpen, Smyly (1-1, 4.00 ERA) struggled in his first start, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings of Friday's 11-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

"For whatever reason, when I got later in the count, they just started fouling a lot of pitches off, making it tough on me - foul, foul, ball, ball, foul, and then a base hit or something," Smyly told the team's official website. "They were just making me work, man."

He's seen plenty of the White Sox in the last two seasons, though seven of his nine appearances against them have come out of the bullpen. He had a 4.91 ERA in the two starts, both of which came in May 2012.

The Tigers (10-7) evened the series Tuesday, and Chicago designated hitter Adam Dunn figured Detroit was happy to see anyone but Sale, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his prized left arm.

"No offense to Charlie, but I'm sure those guys were pretty excited when they heard Chris was scratched," Dunn said. "That would be true no matter which pitcher we were sending out there instead of him."

The top three hitters in Detroit's lineup - Rajai Davis, Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera - jumped on Leesman and the White Sox's bullpen for a 7-for-14 night. Cabrera went 3 for 5 with his second home run to break out of a 1-for-15 slump.

"You like to see results, but he really did take some great swings yesterday and that was just a precursor to today," starter Justin Verlander said of Cabrera. "Hopefully that gets him jump-started."

The Tigers had 15 hits and are batting .328 in their last seven games against the White Sox, who fell to 7-22 in Detroit since the start of 2011.

After managing just five hits in its series-opening win, Chicago got plenty of pop from the middle of its order. Dunn and first baseman Jose Abreu each homered while right fielder Dayan Viciedo went 4 for 4 to improve to 10 for 16 in his last four games and break out of a 3-for-21 stretch against Detroit.

White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie missed Tuesday's game with a sore left hand and is expected to again be out of the lineup on Wednesday.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central6073.451142-8 L 1
Detroit2nd AL Central7260.5451 ½ 6-4 W 1
 
 

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Injuries
Chi White Sox
PlayerInjury
N. JonesElbow
F. PaulinoShoulder
M. SierraBack
Detroit
PlayerInjury
A. DirksBack
J. HanrahanElbow
J. IglesiasShin
P. McCoyHamstring
L. PutkonenElbow
B. RondonElbow
A. SanchezPectoral
J. SoriaOblique
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 21DETCHW 3-1Danks Sanchez 
Apr 22DETDET 8-6Verlander Leesman 
Apr 23DETCHW 6-4Rienzo Reed 
Apr 24DETDET 7-4Scherzer Quintana 
Apr 29CHWDET 4-3Chamberlain Belisario 
Apr 30CHWDET 5-1Scherzer Noesi 
Jun 9CHWCHW 6-5Noesi Porcello 
Jun 10CHWPPD   
Jun 11CHWCHW 8-2Danks Verlander 
Jun 12CHWDET 4-0Scherzer Sale 
Jul 29DETCHW 11-4Quintana Sanchez 
Jul 30DETDET 7-2Scherzer Noesi 
Jul 31DETCHW 7-4Belisario Soria 
Aug 29CHW 8:10 PM EDT  
Aug 30CHW 1:10 PM EDT  
Aug 30CHW 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 31CHW 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 22DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 23DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 24DET 1:08 PM EDT