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Rockies-White Sox Preview 2008-06-14

Rockies-White Sox Preview 2008-06-14
It appears that all the Chicago White Sox needed to end their recent troubles was a return to U.S. Cellular Field and a matchup against a Colorado Rockies team that has had little success on the road.

When the clubs continue their three-game set on Saturday, the AL Central-leading White Sox will be trying to win 10 consecutive home games for the first time in two years, while sending the Rockies to their 15th loss in 17 contests away from home.

Heading into this six-game homestand, Chicago (38-29) had been swept in three games at Detroit - a span in which it was outscored 13-6 and hit just .228.

But the team averted a fourth straight defeat on Friday and improved to 20-9 at home with a 5-4 series-opening win over Colorado (26-41).

Juan Uribe hit a tying two-run single, then scored on A.J. Pierzynski's infield single during a three-run seventh inning for the White Sox, who maintained their 5 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the division.

"It's amazing how we found a way to get some big hits," said Pierzynski, who is batting .390 (16-for-41) with a homer, two doubles and seven RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak. "We just couldn't do that against Detroit the last three games."

It was the White Sox's ninth consecutive home victory, a stretch in which they've hit .323, scored 69 runs and pounded out 23 homers. They last won 10 in a row in Chicago from April 15-May 4, 2006.

Chicago has also won eight of 11 overall, and has taken all four of its all-time meetings versus Colorado to remain the only team the Rockies have never defeated.

On Friday, the clubs combined for six homers with Colorado accounting for four of them.

Ian Stewart went deep twice for his first career multi-homer effort, while Willy Taveras and Brad Hawpe each had solo shots for the Rockies.

"I heard when it's hot here the ball can jump every once in a while," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose team fell to 0-5 in Chicago this season after getting swept by the Cubs at Wrigley Field from May 29-June 1.

The Rockies had won six of eight before Friday's defeat, which dropped them to 10-25 as visitors - among the worst road records in the NL.

Colorado now hopes to avoid a three-game overall losing streak behind Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 8.13 ERA), who will start for the first time since a loss at Philadelphia on May 26.

The left-hander, who opened the year 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts, has come out of the bullpen in his last three appearances. Last Saturday, he pitched an inning of scoreless relief in a 7-2 home win over Milwaukee.

De La Rosa is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA while starting one of his three career appearances versus the White Sox, all coming last year while playing for Kansas City. His victory against them came in Chicago on May 13, 2007.

The White Sox counter with John Danks (4-4, 3.13), who has helped his team win four of his last five starts despite leaving without a decision in the past two outings.

Against Minnesota on Monday, the left-hander gave up five runs - four earned - and eight hits over six innings of a 7-5 win at home, where he is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts.

Danks, 0-1 with a 5.31 ERA in four lifetime interleague starts, has never faced the Rockies.

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Added: June 14, 2008

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