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04/25/10 1:44 PM ET

White Sox venture to Texas on high

You can't blame the White Sox for feeling confident. Chicago will head into Tuesday's series opener against Texas on the fumes of three straight victories in their final at-bat, a streak that directly follows a string of six losses in a seven-game span. The White Sox have made the best of a rough stretch of play, and now they want to put it behind them.

Paul Konerko, the team's first baseman, perhaps said it best. Chicago has come through with three key home runs in the last three days -- one each by Konerko, Alex Rios and Andruw Jones -- and appears to be finally heating up offensively.

"I think the feeling is any time you can win games where you know everybody is not clicking and it's just not coming easy, you feel like you kind of got away with one," said Konerko. "You're always positive about the next game, that that's the game your going to go out and get 15 [or] 16 hits and score seven [or] eight runs. So, it's nice to get a win when we're not doing that."

The Chicago captain's "next game" warning may not make C.J. Wilson feel very comfortable. But the erstwhile Texas reliever has been exceptional in his debut season as a starter and his confidence is sky-high.

Wilson has worked at least six innings in all three of his starts, and he's held the opposition scoreless twice.

The White Sox will counter with ace Mark Buehrle, who in turn has been hit hard in each of his last two starts, allowing a total of 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings.

White Sox: Jones, Vizquel return to Arlington
Two of Chicago's players -- infield reserve Omar Vizquel and outfielder Andruw Jones -- will be returning to an old haunt. Both Vizquel and Jones played for the Rangers last year, and both are eager to face off against their old teammates. The return is especially important for Jones, who's trying to prove to the baseball world that he's still a solid all-around player.

"Going into Texas last year," he said of his lone season with the Rangers, "Just [serving as designated hitter] and playing outfield once in a while, I wanted to get back into the form for what people remember me of, playing defense.

Jones has managed to do that with the White Sox, successfully turning back the clock. Jones is batting .341 with six home runs and nine RBIs in his last 12 games, making it hard for manager Ozzie Guillen to take him out of the lineup.

Rangers: Garko gearing up?
Switch-hitting Justin Smoak got his first big league hit Monday in his fourth game -- he has drawn at least one walk in each of his first four games, the first Texas player ever to do that -- but may not play Tuesday. It will be the perfect opportunity for manager Ron Washington to give some playing time to Ryan Garko, who is a lifetime .480 (12-for-25) hitter against Buehrle. ... Nelson Cruz is day-to-day with the troublesome right hamstring that forced him out of another game, in the sixth inning Monday.

Pitcher Darren O'Day is questionable for Tuesday's game with a strained muscle in his lower back. The Rangers will not make a roster move though because they are hoping that O'Day needs about 48 more hours of rest before being ready to go. He was not available for Monday's game against the Tigers. He has not pitched since facing the Red Sox in three straight games on the road trip last week.

Worth noting
Third baseman Michael Young is the Rangers' all-time leader with 495 multihit games. ... Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain, is having trouble throwing back to the pitcher during his rehab assignent for Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... Konerko has homered in three straight games. ... Juan Pierre stole his ninth base on Sunday. Pierre now has 468 stolen bases, which is tied with Tommy McCarthy for 42nd place all-time.

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