Most teams hope to play .500 on the road and dominate at home. The Chicago White Sox are working on the opposition of that formula through 59 games. The White Sox, who lead baseball with a .653 winning percentage away from U.S. Cellular Field, can even their home record at 17-17 with a victory today over Houston. The Houston Astros took the opener of the three-game weekend series, but the White Sox dominated in a 10-1 victory Saturday.
Chicago had scored just seven runs in its previous three games, but pounded Houston pitching for 17 hits in Saturday’s rout. The White Sox lead the AL Central by 1 ½ games. Houston is 7 ½ back in the NL Central and has dropped seven of its past 10. The Astros turn to Lucas Harrell in Sunday’s rubber game while Chicago sends Philip Humber to the mound.
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When: 2:10 PM ET, Sunday, June 10, 2012
Where: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Houston (Houston), CSN (Chicago).
PITCHING MATCHUP: Houston RH Lucas Harrell (5-4, 4.70 ERA) vs. Chicago RH Philip Humber (2-3, 5.68 ERA)
Harrell has provided the Astros with a big boost, winning three of his past four starts. He scattered eight hits and three earned runs to earn the victory Tuesday against St. Louis. The right-hander has struck out just five hitters in his past 18 1/3 innings. Humber lost his last start Tuesday to Toronto, allowing five earned runs and seven hits with four walks in five innings. Humber pitched a perfect game April 21 at Seattle, but has won just one of his past eight starts.
1. Harrell was a fifth-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2004. He was claimed off waivers by Houston last year.
2. Chicago’s Paul Konerko went 1-for-2 with two walks Saturday, raising his average to .363. Konerko trails San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera by one point for the major-league lead.
3. Chicago outfielder Dayan Viciedo did not play Saturday, one day after leaving Friday’s game with cramping in both hamstrings. Viciedo has 24 RBIs since May 14, the most in baseball.