05/30/10 7:32 PM ET
White Sox begin key stretch vs. Rangers
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The White Sox, who are 11-13 at home, are on the verge of starting a stretch in which they will stay in Chicago for all but six games until June 28. The team will make one road trip to Pittsburgh and Washington during the month and they'll also travel to Wrigley Field for three games against the Cubs starting June 11.
The White Sox reside in third place in the American League Central.
"[Fans] are upset, and I'm not criticizing anybody for being upset, frustrated, however they put it," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, that's why you want to go home and play good. Now we have a stretch where we're going to go home for a while, and hopefully we take advantage of that, take pride in showing [the fans] where we are."
Mark Buehrle could provide exactly what Guillen is looking for this month. The left-hander threw only 2 1/3 innings in his previous start because he was ejected by first-base umpire Joe West for dropping his glove following a second balk call against the southpaw. He has an 0-1 mark against Texas this year, but has an 11-4 lifetime ledger, including a no-hitter thrown against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field in 2007.
The Rangers will counter with Rich Harden, who allowed six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Tuesday. The Rangers have won three of his past four starts, although he has a 7.85 ERA and opponents are hitting .313 off him in those four starts.
"I felt pretty good," Harden said after his last start. "My last start was as frustrating as I've ever been in my life. I just wanted to be aggressive and let it go. Just being inconsistent so far is frustrating. I want to go out and pitch well for this team. I haven't pitched as well as I'm capable of, but I'm making progress."
Harden should be rested. Because of the off-days, the veteran will be pitching on six days' rest. He is 10-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 28 career starts when starting on six or more days of rest. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA in eight starts against the White Sox.
"The general feeling on the team is we are starting to hit and the pitching is starting to come around," said White Sox infielder Jayson Nix, who hit a grand slam Sunday. "Everything is starting to come around. We are pretty primed to play some good ball. The weather is warming up and we feel pretty good."
White Sox: Nicks and bumps
Closer Bobby Jenks, who has been plagued with a sore right calf, might not be available Tuesday. ... Mark Teahen is also questionable for Tuesday because of an injured middle finger on his right hand. ... June could be the most important month of the season for the White Sox. "It's going to be a month that is going to show [general manager] Kenny [Williams], 'OK, we add or we subtract,'" Guillen said. "What way are we going to go? Or we going to move people or add people to help?"
Rangers: Cruz lost to DL
The Rangers placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the disabled list on Sunday and recalled Craig Gentry from Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... Julio Borbon helped himself Saturday with two hits. He went into Sunday's game hitting .327 (16-for-49) in his past 18 games and he is hitting .290 in 34 games since dropping to the ninth spot in the order. ... Utility infielder Andres Blanco has been getting extra work as a catcher. ... The Rangers have nine steals of third base, tied for the most in the Major Leagues.
Vladimir Guerrero has had quite a month. He entered Sunday's game with 30 RBIs, five more than any other player and his 10 home runs are second behind Toronto's Jose Bautista 11 for the month. Guerrero hit .337 with three doubles and 18 runs scored in his first 26 games of May. He's also hit 10 home runs in a month eight times in his career. For his career, Guerrero has a .291 batting average with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 54 games against the White Sox.
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