07/03/10 6:51 PM ET
Buehrle trying to climb back to .500 mark
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Something will have to give when the two square off in the series finale at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Sunday.
Momentum is also on the line.
The White Sox, coming off a recent 11-game winning streak, are 2-3 on the current road trip and in danger of returning home on a losing skid.
That's where Buehrle steps in.
In his last start, Buehrle struggled with his control against the Royals as he walked five of the 30 batters he faced en route to his sixth loss of the season. In his previous three starts, he had only walked two of the 81 batters he faced.
Expect a better Buehrle this time around.
"Being wild like that the whole game, even when you [finally] make a pitch, a lot of times you're not going to get it," Buehrle said.
As for Feldman, he kept the first-place Rangers in the game against the Angels in his last start on Tuesday, exiting with the score tied at 3 and two runners on, but both runners later scored on a three-run double by Bobby Abreu. As a result, Feldman was charged with five runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings for the loss.
"I got off to a good start, but that sixth inning they strung together some good hits," Feldman said. "They battled."
It's been that type of season for Feldman.
There were high hopes for right-hander when he started the season, but he has struggled with his command and has had little luck on the mound. He is 4-4 with a 5.49 ERA in his past 10 starts and has gone at least six innings in seven of his past nine starts.
White Sox: Keeping them close
The White Sox have been keeping it close lately. Fourteen of the club's past 15 games have been decided by three runs or fewer. Their past five losses have been by a combined six runs. ... Carlos Quentin will be back in the lineup Sunday. He was given a day off but pinch-hit in the ninth. ... Of Chicago's 24 hits this series, 22 have been singles. ... Chris Sale, the club's first round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, pitched one scoreless inning for Class A Winston-Salem against Potomac in his professional debut. ... Juan Pierre finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Saturday. He has reached base in six of nine plate appearances this series after going 3-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base Friday.
Rangers: Hamilton's home hitting streak
Josh Hamilton has a 23-game hitting streak at home, tied with Ivan Rodriguez for the longest such streak at Rangers Ballpark. ... Vladimir Guerrero is the first Major League player to 70 RBIs this season, reaching that mark in team game No. 79. ... Rangers first baseman Justin Smoak received a day off Saturday in favor of Joaquin Arias. Arias finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the Rangers' 3-1 win. Smoak pinch-hit for Arias in the seventh and grounded into a double play to score Nelson Cruz. In his previous 10 games, Smoak has hit .111 (4-for-36) with two RBIs to drop his average 20 points to .208. ... Michael Young's 10-game hitting streak was snapped when he went 0-for-4 Saturday. ... Rangers are 14-10 vs. the AL Central this season, despite losing six of their past 10 games against the division.
At 490 feet, Hamilton's June 27 home run against the Astros is now the longest homer hit in the history of Rangers Ballpark. ... Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando has begun his career with 10 consecutive scoreless innings. ... Nine of Paul Korneko's 20 home runs have given the White Sox the lead and 10 have been hit in the eighth inning or later. ... Chicago reliever J.J. Putz has not allowed a run in his past 19 innings. ... Andruw Jones still needs two home runs to reach the 400 plateu. Omar Vizquel needs one hit to pass Goose Goslin for 51st place on the all-time hit list with 2,735.
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