LIVE: White Sox trail Detroit 1-0

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LIVE: White Sox trail Detroit 1-0

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Posted: 10:17 a.m.

Associated Press

The Detroit Tigers are closing in on their longest stretch of dominance over the Chicago White Sox in 88 years.

Judging by the White Sox's recent struggles, the Tigers stand a good chance of accomplishing that and sweeping a three-game series from their AL Central rivals Sunday at Comerica Park.

Detroit is above .500 for the first time this season, thanks to eight wins in 11 games. The Tigers have outscored the White Sox 18-3 in two games this weekend and 62-20 during eight consecutive wins in the overall series.

Detroit (11-10) hasn't won nine in a row against Chicago (8-13) since a 10-game run during the 1923 season.

The White Sox, meanwhile, have been outscored 53-25 while dropping nine of 10 overall. Chicago, which has batted .195 during that slump, mustered just five hits in a 9-0 loss Saturday.

"We need to cut this off right now," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It seems like we are waiting every day to lose the game. It is time to show people how good we are."

Ryan Raburn drove in three runs to help the Tigers win their third straight, and has seven RBIs in this series. Detroit has totaled 27 hits in the two games with catcher Alex Avila recording five - three for extra bases.

Former Arizona first-round draft pick Max Scherzer (3-0, 4.30 ERA) will toe the rubber Sunday looking to continue his recent strong performance. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts, lasting six innings in each.

Scherzer gave up two runs and six hits and struck out seven in Monday's 8-3 win at Seattle, but also walked a season-high four batters. Those free passes helped Scherzer reach 112 pitches over his six frames, which was too inefficient for manager Jim Leyland's liking.

"A guy like Max should get you into the seventh or eighth inning all the time," Leyland said.

Scherzer pitched through the eighth inning in his last matchup with the White Sox on Sept. 17, allowing two solo homers in a 9-2 victory. He's 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in four career meetings.

He'll be opposed by John Danks (0-2, 3.00), who is still seeking his first win of the season, despite allowing two runs or fewer in three of his four outings.

The White Sox have given Danks only one run of support in each of his two losses, including a 2-1 defeat in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out seven over seven innings in that game.

"(Our starters) make one mistake, they could lose the game," Guillen said after that loss. "You have to make every pitch count. You can not have the luxury to make a bad pitch. Obviously, you put more pressure on (the starters)."

Danks was tagged for seven runs over 6 1-3 innings in his last matchup with the Tigers, a 9-7 home loss in 11 innings Sept. 19. He's 3-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 career starts against Detroit.

Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez is 14 for 23 with two homers and four doubles off Danks.
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Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

When a role player finally gets an opportunity in Rick Renteria's rotation, it's usually for two or three games. The idea is to give said player an opportunity to find a rhythm before they might head back to the bench for a few days.

So far this season, Leury Garcia has found this method favorable.

The centerfielder/utility man posted his second consecutive three-hit night game and drove in two runs on Tuesday night as the White Sox pounded the Kansas City Royals 10-5 in front of 14,591 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garcia said he appreciates knowing he's likely to appear in two straight games if he's penciled in for a first. Todd Frazier also drove in three runs for the White Sox, who scored double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 26-27, 2012 to improve to 10-9.

"That's something that makes you get into rhythm," Garcia said. "It's not the same when you get to play just once a week or twice a week. When you're playing every day you have your routine and your swing and your approach."

Though a familiar face, Garcia — who was acquired in the Aug. 9, 2013 deal that sent Alex Rios and $1 million to the Texas Rangers — is on pace to play more this April than he ever has before. With four more plate appearances on Tuesday, Garcia has 46 this month, just four shy of the 50 he accrued last September. September 2013 when he netted 45 trips to the plate is the only other time in Garcia's career where he's received at least 40 plate appearances in a month.

But Garcia has found ample time this month with Peter Bourjos traded, Charlie Tilson injured and Jacob May struggling. Much like Matt Davidson, Garcia has capitalized on his chances.

On Tuesday his two-out RBI single in the second inning off Danny Duffy tied the score at 1. Three innings later, Garcia's two-out RBI double put the White Sox ahead for good. He also added an infield single in the sixth inning for good measure and finished 3-for-4.

A career .462 OPS hitter before this season, Garcia is slashing .318/.348/.500 in 46 plate appearances this season. 

"He was playing one day and then playing after five days (before)," teammate Avisail Garcia said. "Now he's playing every day and he's doing good. He's a good player and he can hit the ball and play good defense.

"It's huge (to play consecutively)."

A big factor for Leury Garcia's early success is his reduced strikeout rate. He's at 8.7 percent this season (four in 46 tries), down from 30.8 percent for his career. 

"He's just starting to manage his swing," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's learning how to approach at-bats, he's not just flailing at balls, I think it's a little bit more in control. He's still an aggressive swinger but I think he's trying to manage making contact. 

"He's capable of doing quite a few things and it's just coming together."

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Leury Garcia's second straight great game helped the White Sox break out against a lifeless Kansas City club. Tim Anderson followed Leury Garcia's double in the fourth with an RBI single off Duffy to make it 4-2.  

Frazier, who had two doubles and three RBIs, doubled in a run in the fifth and Yolmer Sanchez tripled him in. 

Duffy allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez, who had two hits and a walk, singled in a pair off reliever Chris Young in the seventh as the White Sox pulled away. Frazier and Avisail Garcia, who finished 3-for-5, doubled in runs with two outs in the eighth. 

But afterward Leury Garcia received praise from every corner of the clubhouse. Renteria and Frazier singled out his performance and Sanchez sat in on his postgame media session. 

"I've been taking advantage of that rotation because you as a player, you want to play," Garcia said. "But at the same time you have to realize there's another 24 teammates that also deserve to play to. You have to be prepared to take advantage of that opportunity. 

"For me I've been great because I've been able to perform and I feel good."

White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

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White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk podcast, Ryan McGuffey and Rob Wiatrowski are joined by CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes to discuss his recent weekend visiting all four White Sox minor league affiliates. 

The panel discusses the players that jumped out to Hayes and when may be the earliest Yoan Moncada gets the call to the Big Leagues. 

Later, Matt Davidson's story makes quite the read and why the Orioles giving up on Miguel Gonzalez has benefitted the Sox. 

Listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast below.