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Sox Game Notes For Monday @ Baltimore

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* The Orioles won three of four games at U.S. Cellular Field in April, improving to 25-20 against the White Sox since 2007.

* The White Sox are the hottest team in the American League, winning their last six games. No other AL club currently sports a streak longer than two.

* Although they were rained out on Sunday, the Orioles still took two games from Toronto this weekend. The Orioles thus matched their victory total (69) for all of 2011. With a win on Monday, Baltimore would reach 70 victories for the first time since 2006.

* After going 1-for-3 on Sunday, Paul Konerko is batting .358 in day games since 2011, the best mark in the American League over that span (minimum 150 PA). He's batting .282 at night over the same period.

* Nick Markakis is just 3-for-18 (.167) against the White Sox this season, but his .337 career average versus Chicago is the highest among active players (minimum 200 PA).

* Francisco Liriano has won his last two starts, surrendering two runs in each. Since joining the White Sox, Chicago is 4-1 over Liriano's five starts. And for his career, he is now 12-4 in the month of August.

Gavin Floyd Injured

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Sox Go On The Road In Style

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White Sox Game Notes For Friday vs. Angels

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* The Angels have won seven of the last 10 games in this series, although the clubs have split their two meetings so far in 2012.

* The Angels allowed 36 runs in their just-concluded four-game series against the Rangers. That is tied for the fourth most runs allowed in a four-game series in franchise history.

* The White Sox have won 10 of their last 11 games at home, outscoring their opponents 76-36 in these contests.

* Zack Greinke is 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his last nine starts against the White Sox. In his last outing against them on June 22, he threw nine shutout innings, holding Chicago to just three hits, in Milwaukee's extra-inning 1-0 victory.

* Torii Hunter is hitting .500 (7/14) with four extra base hits (all doubles) and six RBI over his last three games.

* Philip Humber (0-3) is still looking for his first home victory of the season. His 6.93 home ERA is fourth worst in the majors (minimum 35.0 IP).

White Sox Game Notes For Monday @ Twins

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* The White Sox have won 15 of the last 19 games they have played against the Twins including seven of the nine games the teams have played against each other this season.

* Minnesota is averaging 7.0 (77/11) runs per game at home in July, second highest in MLB (White Sox - 7.44). The Twins' 7.0 runs per game average at home this month is also the franchise's third highest scoring month since 1961 (May 1992 - 7.4, April 1996 - 7.1, min. 10 games).

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* Jose Quintana has a 2.58 (22/76.2) ERA, which is the third lowest ERA by a White Sox rookie since 1920 (Gary Peters, 1963 - 2.33, Saul Rogovin, 1951 - 2.48, min. 10 GS).

* Since June 1, Cole De Vries has struck out 28 batters while walking just three. His 9.33 (28/3) strikeout-to-walk ratio since June 1 is the second highest in MLB during this time (Scott Feldman, Tex - 9.50, min. 5 GS).

* Paul Konerko has hit 47 home runs against the Twins throughout his career, fourth most since 1961. In eight games against Minnesota this season, Konerko is batting .517 (15/29) with four home runs and nine RBI.

* Josh Willingham has hit 11 home runs this month, tying him with Harmon Killebrew in 1970 for the second most home runs hit in a single July in franchise history (Harmon Killebrew, 1969 - 12).

White Sox Game Notes For Friday @ Texas

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* The last time the White Sox opened a series against the Rangers (July 3, 2012), they scored 19 runs - the most since scoring 20 runs against the Cardinals on June 20, 2006.

* The White Sox have hit multiple home runs in four consecutive games for the second time this season (also May 23-26).

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* The Rangers have won seven consecutive series at home (16-6 record over stretch), and last lost a home series May 28-30 against Seattle (1-2).

* Matt Harrison has not allowed a single home run over his last five starts at home, while allowing a total of just two runs over his last three home starts.

* Josh Hamilton is hitting just .127 (7/55) over his last 15 games, while going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position over the same span.       

* With 10 home runs in 66 at-bats versus Texas, Adam Dunn's rate versus Texas is his finest against any opponent. And it's the best rate by any player (minimum 60 AB) ever against the Rangers.

White Sox Game Notes For Monday @ Boston

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* The Red Sox went 3-1 versus the White Sox in a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field in April. Boston scored 10 runs in each of the first two games, but only one run in each of the last two, though one of those resulted in 1-0 win.

* The White Sox edged the Royals on Sunday, 2-1, to post their seventh consecutive victory in one-run games, the longest active streak in the majors.

* After collecting exactly seven hits and three runs in each of their previous three games, the Red Sox banged out 14 hits in a 7-3 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday, capturing the series, 2-1.

* Alex Rios had two more hits on Sunday to improve to .432 since June 23. His average is tied with Miguel Cabrera for the highest in the American League over that span (minimum 40 PA). Rios also has 12 multi-hit games since June 23, the most in the AL.

* Jacoby Ellsbury went 6-for-14 (.429) in his return from the disabled list this weekend. His three-hit game on Sunday was his first of 2012.

* Aaron Cook is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA over three starts since June 24. For the season overall, he's now struck out only two and issued just two walks over 22.2 innings with the Red Sox.

Take Jake!

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Sox Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Texas

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* The Rangers have won two of the three matchups between these teams so far this season, however, they have dropped two straight and four of their last six road games against the White Sox.

* The White Sox have lost each of their last two games after losing just two of their previous nine contests. Chicago is hitting a ML-leading .294 with runners in scoring position this season.

* The Rangers have won 16 of their last 20 games overall and will be looking to extend their current road winning streak to five in a row.

* Roy Oswalt, who has won each of his two outings so far this season after signing with the Rangers back in May, allowed 13 hits and five runs in six innings in his last start last Wednesday against the Tigers. 

* Chris Sale has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts and has allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his 14 starts overall this season. This will be Sale's first career start against Texas.

* Adam Dunn, who leads the White Sox with 24 home runs this season, has just one homer in his last 15 games. Dunn has eight doubles, four homers and 12 RBI in his career against Roy Oswalt.


White Sox Notes For Thursday @ Yankees

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* The White Sox defeated the Twins, 12-5, on Wednesday - their second straight and fourth victory in the last five games overall. Chicago banged out a season-high 21 hits in yesterday's win - its most since a 22-hit performance vs. the Indians on August 16, 2011.
* The Yankees beat the Indians, 5-4, yesterday and have now won five straight games overall. New York is 25-7 in its last 32 games - best of any team in the majors since May 22.
* These two teams are meeting for the first time this season. The Yankees have beaten the White Sox six straight times by a combined score of 49-15.
* Dylan Axelrod will be making his first career appearance vs. the Yankees after going 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in first two starts of the 2012 campaign. Axelrod is 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in five career MLB starts overall.
* Ivan Nova is 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last six starts after going 4-2 with a 5.59 ERA in his first eight outings of 2012. With a victory tonight, Nova will become the American League's fourth 10-game winner in 2012.
* Robinson Cano went deep in yesterday's win and has now hit seven home runs in his last 10 games overall. Cano is batting .331 with 11 homers and 25 RBI at Yankee Stadium in 2012 (.287 BA, seven HRs, 16 RBI on the road).