CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Blue Jays are each thirsting for a series win as they head into Sunday's rubber match at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago hasn't ousted an opponent in a best-of-three since taking two from Detroit to end July. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Tigers last weekend, but those account for just half of their wins in August, during which they've gone 4-10.
White Sox rookie Scott Carroll takes the hill for the 19th time this season in the midst of a tough stretch. In eight starts since returning from the bullpen, Carroll is 2-4 with a 5.32 ERA, including 17 earned runs in his last four outings.
Carroll was bumped by manager Robin Ventura from a Wednesday start in San Francisco to get Jose Quintana back near the top of the rotation. Carroll allowed seven earned runs, including three homers, in his last start against the Mariners on Aug. 7.
Toronto's Drew Hutchinson is also coming off an arduous outing, in which he allowed six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.
"Unfortunately, I made some bad pitches and they got hit," Hutchinson said. "I made a couple of decent pitches, in the fourth one stayed fair and in the sixth same thing, just stayed in the line. So it's disappointing.
"You expect to go nine every time out there. If you're trying to say there's added pressure or something like that, no, not really. We expect to do well every time out and when you don't, you're just as disappointed."
White Sox: Avisail debuts just four months after tearing labrum
Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double in his anticipated return Saturday night -- just four months after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder.
Manager Robin Ventura said he had nearly no expectation that the versatile outfielder would be back this season.
"You don't put hope out that he will be able to make it back," Ventura said. "It's just a nice surprise to have him back and I think it's a testament to him and how hard he's worked, and there is probably some luck in there of him being able to heal the way he did."
Garcia hit .340 with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs in 13 games during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
Blue Jays: Jays look to turn northward
The Blue Jays are looking to salvage playoff momentum with just a month and a half to go in the season. Toronto sits 6 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East, and 3 1/2 back of the second Wild Card.
The Jays lost three straight series going into the All-Star break to playoff contenders in the Athletics, Angels and Rays, but bounced back to start the second half 11-3.
"We were in first place for a couple of months," designated hitter Adam Lind said. "Some things fell apart, but that's going to happen over the course of a season this long, but we're solid everywhere. Good staff, good bullpen, good lineup. We don't really have a great piece to anything, but we're solid across the board. Usually when that happens you're good enough to make the playoffs.""
• Neither of Sunday's starting pitchers has faced a starting hitter from the opposing team.
• The White Sox are 4-2 against the Blue Jays this season, 14-9 since 2012 and 11-6 over their last 17 meetings.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.