Series: Game 3 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 3-0 (as of 7/7)

Game 1: Monday, July 5
LA Angels2Final
Chi White Sox9
Game 2: Tuesday, July 6
LA Angels1Final
Chi White Sox4
Game 3: Wednesday, July 7
LA Angels2Final
Chi White Sox5
Game 4: Thursday, July 8
LA Angels0Final
Chi White Sox1

Angels 2

(46-41, 22-21 away)

White Sox 5

(45-38, 23-19 home)

    8:10 PM ET, July 7, 2010

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CHW 00200300 - 5 12 5

    W: F. Garcia (9-3)

    L: J. Saunders (6-9)

    S: B. Jenks (19)

    Angels-White Sox Preview


    While Freddy Garcia rarely loses to the Los Angeles Angels, Joe Saunders has never lost at U.S. Cellular Field.

    The pitchers meet Wednesday night when the Chicago White Sox look for a fourth straight win and continue a four-game series against the Angels.

    Garcia (8-3, 4.65 ERA) is 14-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 24 career starts versus the Angels, who he last faced Sept. 13, 2006. The ERA represents his lowest against any AL opponent, and he's 4-0 with a 2.29 ERA in his last five outings against them.

    Los Angeles (46-40) will be getting re-acquainted with a pitcher who is 5-0 with a 3.66 ERA in his last seven starts. The White Sox (44-38) have won all of those outings, although Garcia did not get a decision in a 5-3 win at Texas last Friday after giving up three runs over six innings.

    The only Angels hitter with extensive experience against the veteran right-hander is All-Star center fielder Torii Hunter, who is 16 for 40 with four homers.

    Los Angeles will counter with Saunders (6-8, 4.59), who is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four outings at U.S. Cellular Field for his lowest ERA in a stadium where he has made multiple starts.

    Saunders continued that success May 19 by yielding one run over 7 2/3 innings to earn a 3-2 road victory over the White Sox. He's enjoyed plenty of success against Alex Rios (.238), Alexei Ramirez (.143) and Andruw Jones (2 for 10) while Paul Konerko is 5 for 15 against him.

    The left-hander turned in a second straight strong outing Friday, allowing one run over eight innings in a 2-1, 10-inning home loss to Kansas City.

    Chicago won 4-1 on Tuesday as Rios and Jones each homered off major league strikeout leader Jered Weaver. Reliever Tony Pena picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings after starter Jake Peavy left with a back injury in the second inning.

    "Great job. I think Tony is doing a tremendous job," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That was the key of the game right there, Tony Pena. We had a couple of home runs, but I think Tony was the key to win the game."

    Right fielder Carlos Quentin sat out with a sore left knee one night after hitting two home runs and making a spectacular diving catch on the warning track to rob Hunter of extra bases. Guillen said that Quentin could have served as the designated hitter, and may do so Wednesday despite being 0 for 6 against Saunders.

    Hunter had three hits Tuesday, and is 12 for 25 over his last eight games. He's batting .378 in 25 games against AL Central opponents.

    The Angels have dropped four of five, scoring a total of six runs in the losses.

    Hideki Matsui is mired in an 8-for-42 slump and Bobby Abreu a 5-for-41 skid. They are a combined 0 for 14 in this series.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesChicago
    Current StreakW1W2
    Last 105-58-2

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesChicago
    J. Saunders
    9-17, 4.47 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at LAD
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    F. Garcia
    12-6, 4.64 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at CHW
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesChicago
    1. E. Aybar, SS J. Pierre, LF
    2. H. Kendrick, 2B A. Ramirez, SS
    3. B. Abreu, RF A. Rios, CF
    4. T. Hunter, CF P. Konerko, 1B
    5. H. Matsui, DH A. Jones, RF
    6. M. Napoli, C R. Castro, C
    7. J. Rivera, LF D. Viciedo, 3B
    8. P. McAnulty, 1B B. Lillibridge, DH
    9. B. Wood, 3B G. Beckham, 2B