When the 2014 season began, Hector Noesi never envisioned making seven starts for the White Sox.
Noesi began the season pitching in relief for the Mariners and then for the Rangers. But the right-hander has given a needed boost to a White Sox rotation that lost Felipe Paulino to injury and Erik Johnson to lack of command and a drop in his velocity. Noesi returns to the mound Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Noesi has made two straight quality starts, getting a no-decision in both, even with a 2.70 ERA and a .191 opponents' average against (9-for-47). He is 0-14 with a 5.87 ERA over his last 40 appearances, including 19 starts, but deserved a better fate Wednesday against the Indians, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings, while striking out five and not issuing a walk.
"To be able to stretch it out at the big league level has been impressive," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Noesi's in-season transformation. "Even the first time he came out we were expecting four or five [innings] and from there, he has continued to improve every time out, length-wise, pitches, really getting deep into the game and that's a credit to him."
Noesi will face Dan Haren, who is looking for his first win since May 12. Haren has been shaky in his three latest starts, the span since his last victory. The righty has gone six innings in each of the three outings, but has given up 24 hits in 18 innings and opponents have a .329 average and .936 OPS against him in that time.
Haren, 33, is in his first season in a Dodgers uniform and he'll want his June to look more like his April than May. Haren is 5-3 on the season with a 3.28 ERA. However, he was 3-0 in April with a 2.03 ERA and 6.75 K/BB ration. In May, Haren was 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 3.29 K/BB ratio.
Dodgers: Turner producing at the plate
Justin Turner had eight RBIs in his first 56 games this season. He's driven in six runs in his last three contests.
Turner collected two RBIs for the third straight game Monday night when his two-run single in the sixth inning gave the Dodgers the lead for good against the White Sox. Turner, an infielder, is 5-for-11 since Saturday with a homer and the six RBIs.
While the run producing has seen a spike lately, Turner has been swinging a good bat in the last month. Since May 2, Turner is 21-for-62 (.339) and has upped his season average nearly 100 points to .261.
White Sox: Dunn will see outfield time
Adam Dunn played in all 14 games of Jose Abreu's absence on the disabled list because of left ankle tendinitis. Despite having excellent career numbers against Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' starter on Monday, manager Robin Ventura decided it was a good time for Dunn to take a break.
"I did think about using him. But also I think he was getting to a point where he needed a day anyway," Ventura said of Dunn. "And this will be a pretty good day to do it. He has decent numbers against him. I think even the way Kershaw has been throwing, sitting there and thinking today would be a good day to do it. Today he can go run around and get used to playing left field."
Without the designated hitter and with Abreu back in action, the White Sox will need to use Dunn in left field to get him into one of the next two games at Dodger Stadium. Dunn has played two games in left field this season and has played 12 games in the outfield as a member of the White Sox.
"I wouldn't be surprised," Ventura said when talking about using Dunn in the outfield. "Today he's going to go out there and run around and see how it looks. It's a bigger outfield than Wrigley. He's capable, but when you haven't been out there in a while, you want him to feel comfortable. We're a better lineup with him in there."
• White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has a .455 average against Dan Haren and a home run in 11 at-bats during the last five seasons.
• Dodgers pitchers have posted a 2.59 ERA (17 earned runs in 59 innings) and limited American League hitters to a .223 average (48-for-215) through six Interleague games this season.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.