American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 29th
(All times eastern)
Chicago White Sox (71-57) at Baltimore Orioles (71-57), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 5.63)
Baltimore - Joe Saunders (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Joe Saunders makes his Baltimore debut on Wednesday when
the Orioles continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Camden
Saunders was acquired from Arizona on Sunday for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a
player to be named later. The left-hander had been 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21
starts for Arizona this year and was banged around for nine runs in his last
start back on Aug. 20.
Over eight seasons with the Angels (2005-10) and Diamondbacks (2010-12),
though, Saunders owns a 75-62 record with a 4.17 ERA in 182 starts.
"We just like his experience," executive vice president of baseball operations
Dan Duquette said. "I think he complements our starting rotation, which has
Saunders is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in eight career starts against the
Baltimore continued to get the job done on Tuesday, as Chris Tillman tossed
seven scoreless innings in the Orioles' 6-0 win.
Tillman (7-2) allowed just one hit and fanned five while walking four to pick
up his second straight win. Brian Matusz gave up one hit over the final two
"Every game is big," Tillman said. "To score those runs off the kind of
pitcher they had out there tonight was impressive."
Nick Markakis banged a three-run double, while Adam Jones hit his 100th career
home run. Lew Ford also homered in the Orioles' fourth consecutive victory, as
they remained 3 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL
Baltimore, which hasn't reached the postseason since 1997, is still tied with
Oakland for the wild card lead.
Chris Sale (15-5) was knocked around for four runs on six hits and three walks
in just four innings, as the AL Central leaders lost for the second straight
night on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The White Sox are still two
games ahead of Detroit for the division lead.
Getting the call for Chicago on Wednesday will be righty Dylan Axelrod, who
was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after Gavin Floyd was placed on the
Axelrod has appeared in 10 games (6 starts) for the White Sox this season and
is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA. This will be his first start since back on July 16 in
Boston when he matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in a no-decision.
"I'm looking forward to another opportunity," Axelrod said. "I know we're in
the thick of it here in the race. I (want to) try to contribute."
Baltimore is 5-1 this season against the White Sox.
08/29 10:30:51 ET