Series notes: White Sox at Tigers

Series notes: White Sox at Tigers
April 18, 2011, 6:31 pm
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Friday, April 22, 2011
Posted: 2 p.m.

White Sox (8-11) at Tigers (9-10)

Series schedule
Friday: 6:05 p.m. on CSN
Saturday: 3:10 p.m. on FOX
Sunday: 12:05 p.m. on WGN
Starting Pitchers
Friday: Mark Buehrle (1-1, 4.50) vs. Justin Verlander (1-2, 3.41)
Saturday: Edwin Jackson (2-1, 3.51) vs. Brad Penny (0-2, 8.44)
Sunday: John Danks (0-2, 3.00) vs. Max Scherzer (3-0, 4.30)

Previous games
The White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak Thursday with a 9-2 victory over the Rays. Omar Vizquel, Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in two runs, while Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in six innings. Chicago had managed just two runs in losing the first three games of its series vs. Tampa Bay.

Detroit won two of three vs. Seattle this week, capped by a 3-2 win on Wednesday. Rick Porcello gave up one run in 6 23 innings to earn the win, while Ryan Rayburn sparked the Tigers offense with a first-inning home run.

Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between the teams this season. Last season, Chicago won seven of the first nine meetings between the teams before losing eight of the last nine matchups, including a three-game sweep in September.

Whos hot?
Quentin is riding a six-game hitting streak, raising his average to .310 on the season. Reliever Sergio Santos hasn't allowed a run in seven outings, totaling 9 23 innings, this year. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera went 5-for-10 with three walks and three RBIs in the Seattle series. Brennan Boesch also had a good series for Detroit, going 6-for-10 with a pair of doubles.

StorylinesCan the Chisox string together back-to-back quality efforts following their seven-game losing streak? Keep an eye on the matchups between Buehrle and Victor Martinez, who is 22-for-66 (.300) lifetime against the veteran lefty, and Magglio Ordonez, who is even hotter (15-for-32, .469) against him. And of course the back end of the bullpen continues to be a major issue. Stay tuned on that one.
Sound off
Matt Thornton, Chris Sale or Santos which of these three relievers do you want to see as the White Soxs closer?