06/02/10 2:32 AM ET
Rangers hope to add to AL West lead
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Scott Feldman of the visiting Rangers makes this Windy City appearance on the heels of a tough slump. Feldman lost, 5-2, to the Royals on Wednesday and is 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA in his past five starts. He's also 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in four starts on the road after winning a club-record 12 games away from Arlington last year.
But Feldman's slightly improved ERA of 5.32 over his past three starts has Rangers manager Ron Washington taking positives from his recent outings.
"He's getting better," Washington said after the Kansas City game. "The last time out, he fought through some adversity. This time, he was battling. He had his sinker and he used it on both sides of the plate. He was getting in on righties and he was getting in on some lefties. We just didn't put enough runs on the board."
The months of April and May mercifully have come to an end for Gavin Floyd, who bounced back from a similar slow start in 2009 to post a 3-0 record and 1.28 ERA in June. Floyd posted a 6.49 ERA in April this season and followed up that lofty number with a 5.63 ERA in May.
He is coming off a loss to the Rays during which he gave up three runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking one, in making his second straight quality start. One of Floyd's two wins this year was against the Rangers, against whom he has a lifetime mark of 1-1.
Rangers: Big, bad Vlad mashed in May
Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero batted .330 (36-for-109) with 10 homers, 31 RBIs and 18 runs scored over 27 games in May. He led the Majors in RBIs, setting a new career high, and ranked second in homers, with his highest total for a month since September 2004, when he hit 10 en route to the AL Most Valuable Player award for the Angels.
Left-handers are hitting .319 against Feldman, and right-handers are batting .294. He made one start against the White Sox earlier this year, allowing three runs, one earned, in six innings, giving up two hits and walking four. He is 1-1 with a 3.83 ERA in three starts and five relief appearances against the White Sox in his career.
White Sox: Bullpen a K zone
The White Sox bullpen leads the Major Leagues with an average of 10.05 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (159 strikeouts in 142 1/3 innings) and is on pace to rank as the highest in baseball since 1974. Matt Thornton (12.71) leads AL relievers this season in strikeouts per nine innings.
The White Sox bullpen has struck out at least eight batters in a game seven times in 2010, including 12 in five innings on April 15 at Toronto and 10 on April 23 against Florida.
Rangers third baseman Michael Young hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games, batting .400 (26-for-65) in the process to rise from .282 to .319 for the season. Young ranked fourth in the Majors with a .367 average in May, and his 40 hits during the month tied him for second-most in baseball.
White Sox outfielder/DH Andruw Jones, who has not homered in 52 at-bats, needs three long balls to become the 46th player in Major League history to hit 400. He's also one homer shy of tying Dale Murphy for 48th place with 398. The White Sox are 6-0 when Jones homers.
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