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Friday, June 8th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (24-33) at Chicago White Sox (32-25), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 3.14)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.32)
(Sports Network) - Participants from the 2005 World Series will collide this
evening in the first of three straight interleague games, as the Chicago White
Sox take on the Houston Astros from U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox recorded a four-game sweep of Houston back in 2005 to win their
first World Series title since 1917. The two clubs met again in interleague
play in 2007, when the Astros won two of three games in the Windy City.
Chicago holds a 10-8 advantage against the Astros with a 7-5 home mark during
Chicago has been riding high lately with 15 wins in its last 19 tries, and is
1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland for the AL Central lead. The White Sox are 3-3
so far on a nine-game homestand and salvaged the finale of a three-game series
versus Toronto with Thursday's 4-3 victory thanks to Orlando Hudson's RBI
single that scored Dayan Viciedo with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
"I left the pitch a little bit up and he got a base hit and they won," said
Blue Jays reliever Francisco Cordero. "You just have to make a better pitch."
Addison Reed got the win for the Pale Hose after tossing a scoreless top of
the ninth, while starter Jake Peavy allowed three runs -- two earned -- in six
innings of work. Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and knocked in three runs for
the White Sox, who got two hits and a run scored from slugger Paul Konerko.
Konerko leads the majors with a .371 batting average and missed some time
after undergoing a procedure on his left wrist.
Chicago slugger Adam Dunn needs one home run to tie Harold Baines for
58th place all-time with 384.
Gavin Floyd draws pitching duties for the White Sox tonight and he is just 1-2
with an alarming 11.90 earned run average in his last four starts. Floyd did
not record a decision on Saturday's 10-8 loss to Seattle and allowed five runs
on nine hits in five innings. He hopes to even his 4-5 mark in 11 starts
tonight and owns a 5.32 ERA.
The right-hander has never faced Houston in his career and is 4-2 in seven
starts away from home this season. Floyd is 5-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 14 career
Houston will begin a nine-game road trip tonight against the White Sox, Giants
and Rangers, and has dropped two straight and 10 of 12 games.
The Astros lost two of three meetings with St. Louis and suffered a 14-2 loss
in Thursday's series finale, as J.A. Happ permitted four runs and five hits in
4 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. Rhiner Cruz did no better in an inning of
relief, yielding five runs and three hits.
"I felt real good coming out and then in that third [inning] I just made it
harder than it needed to be," said Happ. "They did a good job of fouling a lot
of pitches off and battled and I let a couple of guys go."
Jed Lowrie homered and Chris Johnson knocked in the other run for Houston,
which was outhit by a 16-7 count.
The Astros have lost six in a row away from Minute Maid Park and hope Wandy
Rodriguez can alter those misfortunes when he takes the mound Friday. The
left-hander is 1-0 in his last three starts with consecutive no-decisions and
was hit fairly hard in Saturday's 12-9 loss to Cincinnati. Rodriguez struggled
through five innings and gave up nine runs -- seven earned. He allowed seven
runs, four of which were earned, in a 9-7 loss at Colorado on May 28.
Rodriguez is 4-4 in 12 starts to go along with a 3.14 ERA and lost his only
start against the White Sox in a 6-3 setback on June 10, 2007. He was hit for
five runs -- four earned -- over five innings in that one.
Houston is 108-125 against the American League and Chicago owns a 151-111
record against the Senior Circuit. It's the second-best winning percentage
behind the New York Yankees (.592).
06/08 11:07:38 ET