Series: Game 1 of 4

Series starts Fri 4/25

Game 1: Friday, April 25
Chi White Sox
Game 1: Saturday, April 26
Chi White Sox1
Game 2: Saturday, April 26
Chi White Sox6
Game 3: Sunday, April 27
Chi White Sox6
Game 4: Monday, April 28
in 14
Chi White Sox3

8:11 PM ET, April 25, 2008

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

Starting Pitchers

Baltimore: Burres (7-10, 6.04 ERA)

Chicago: Buehrle (15-12, 3.79 ERA)

Orioles-White Sox Preview


Jermaine Dye has been the Chicago White Sox's biggest threat at the plate against the Baltimore Orioles in recent years. A groin injury will keep him from continuing to be a force on Friday night.

With Dye expected to sit out, the White Sox look to build off the momentum of an emotional win when they open a four-game series with the Orioles.

Dye has been outstanding in his last 22 games against Baltimore (13-9), batting .360 (32-for-89) with 10 home runs, 25 RBIs and 18 runs.

But he won't get a chance to face Baltimore on Friday. Dye strained his groin Thursday night and left in the seventh inning of a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees. Nick Swisher moved from center to right field after Dye -- whose status for the rest of this series is uncertain -- left the game.

It was a low moment in an otherwise uplifting win for the White Sox (12-9), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Chicago came back from a three-run deficit and Joe Crede singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Crede has made a strong comeback after having back surgery and being limited to 47 games last season. The third baseman is batting .293 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.

"We like our chances with Joe up. He's done it all year," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He's done it his whole career. He was the right guy in the right spot."

Chicago designated hitter Jim Thome homered in the fifth inning Thursday, giving him 513 for his career and moving him into sole possession of 19th place on the all-time list. Thome has four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last nine games.

He leads a White Sox lineup that will face Orioles starter Brian Burres (2-1, 3.63 ERA).

The left-hander earned a win in his last start, allowing five hits in 5 2-3 innings as Baltimore beat the Yankees 6-0 on Saturday night. Burres wasn't sharp, walking four, but he pitched out of jams in each of the first two innings.

Burres struggled in his only career start against the White Sox, surrendering seven runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings as the Orioles lost 11-6 last July 5.

Chicago will counter with Mark Buehrle (1-2, 5.96), who has lost two straight starts. The left-hander gave up five runs and 12 hits in seven innings as Chicago lost 5-0 to Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Buehrle is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in nine starts and two relief appearances all-time against them.

He'll be facing a Baltimore team coming off one of its best games at the plate this season. The Orioles avoided a third straight loss Thursday night, rallying from a five-run deficit to beat Seattle 8-7.

Brian Roberts homered to open the eighth inning and cap the comeback. The Orioles, who matched a season high with 13 hits, already have nine come-from-behind victories this season -- tied for second in the majors behind Boston's 10.

"We've probably come from behind more this year than we did all of last year," Baltimore left fielder Jay Payton said. "We get down, we don't feel like the game is over."

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakL1W3
Last 101-94-6

Pitching Matchup

B. Burres
7-10, 6.04 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 at BAL
1.0 IP, 0 ER
Dec = ND
M. Buehrle
15-12, 3.79 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 at CWS
7.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

1. B. Roberts, 2B N. Swisher, RF
2. M. Mora, 3B O. Cabrera, SS
3. N. Markakis, RF J. Thome, DH
4. K. Millar, 1B P. Konerko, 1B
5. A. Huff, DH C. Quentin, LF
6. J. Payton, LF J. Crede, 3B
7. A. Jones, CF A. Ramirez, CF
8. G. Quiroz, C J. Uribe, 2B
9. L. Hernandez, SS T. Hall, C