Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/11/12

The good news came in twos for the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

First, and most important, they beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 in the opening game of a huge four-game series, giving Chicago a three-game lead in the AL Central race.

Second, they have help coming to a rotation that had been struggling as of late. Gavin Floyd, out since Aug. 27 with an injured right elbow, is healthy enough to get the starting nod Wednesday against the Tigers.

That means struggling left-hander Francisco Liriano is going to the bullpen for the time being, but he could start this weekend when the Sox go to Minnesota for a series against the Twins.

"It's exciting," said Floyd, who was encouraged by his side session of about 50 pitches Sunday. "To be on the shelf for 15 days, it's exciting to be out there.

"I didn't feel any pain where it affected the way I threw. It felt good, and I'm excited to see what we come up with."

Floyd is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this year. Lifetime, he's 7-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 starts vs. Detroit.

Pitching coach Don Cooper said he'd be more than pleased with six good innings from Floyd on Wednesday.

"I think realistically, six would be a huge bonus," Cooper said. "If he can go out there for six innings and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win, huge bonus, huge shot in the arm."

The huge boost Monday came in the sixth inning, when the White Sox trailed 1-0 and were looking lifeless. Alex Rios changed all of that with a three-run homer, followed by an A.J. Pierzynski solo shot that gave the Sox some breathing room. Gordon Beckham's two-run homer in the eighth inning rounded out the scoring.

The Sox will have Jake Peavy on the mound Tuesday, and then Floyd gets back to work.

"It's a game," Floyd said of facing the Tigers. "You just go out there and do your job, no matter if it's playoffs or means a lot or doesn't mean so much. You got to go out there and compete and try to go out there and win. Take one game at a time, one pitch at a time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself."

Manager Robin Ventura has been juggling pitchers all year, so Floyd's return makes life a bit easier.

"There are (a lot of moving parts), and there could be worse things than having them," Ventura said. "If you get an arm like Gavin back and he pitches well, that's a good thing to deal with."

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