White Sox-Angels Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 21, 2012
As the Chicago White Sox cling to their lead in the AL Central, the Los Angeles Angels don't have much room for error if they want to remain a serious postseason contender. The White Sox and Angels each look to avoid a third consecutive loss Friday night in Anaheim. Chicago (81-68) was riding a five-game winning streak before it lost 3-0 at Kansas City on Wednesday then blew an early three-run lead en route to a 4-3 defeat to the Royals on Thursday. Despite their latest result, the White Sox remain two games ahead of Detroit in the Central. "If you keep shooting yourself in the foot it's going to come back to bite you,'' said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, whose team had a runner thrown out at the plate and picked off at third base. The White Sox hope first baseman Paul Konerko returns to the lineup after he missed Thursday's contest with a sore back. Konerko has hit .257 since his average peaked at .399 on May 27, but he's 8 for 20 (.400) against the Angels (81-69) this season. Chicago, which split a brief two-game set in Anaheim in May, has won three of five against Los Angeles. Losers in six of 10 after winning 15 of 18, the Angels are 4 1/2 games back of Oakland and Baltimore for the final wild-card berth. "The good thing is that we have two teams we could catch," said Los Angeles' Zack Greinke, who allowed one run over eight innings Thursday. "The toughest thing for us is that we're playing tough teams right now. I know it won't be easy, but it's definitely possible.'' Chicago's Alex Rios is batting .389 (7 for 18) with two homers and four RBIs in his last four games against the Angels, and .417 (15 for 36) in his last 10 overall. Teammate Jake Peavy (11-11, 3.26 ERA) would like to stop his struggles against the Angels when he takes the mound in the opener. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts versus Los Angeles. Peavy, however, is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA this month. He allowed two runs, four hits and struck out six in six innings of a 9-2 win at Minnesota on Sunday. Albert Pujols is 10 for 25 (.400) with three home runs versus Peavy, and batting .318 (7 for 22) with four homers and seven RBIs against the White Sox in 2012. Pujols had one of Los Angeles' five hits during Thursday's 3-1 home loss to Texas. Teammate Torii Hunter went 0 for 4, but is batting .386 with 19 RBIs in his last 21 games. He's 5 for 10 with a double and a triple versus Peavy. Scheduled Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana (8-12, 5.08) is making his first start since he allowed an earned run in six innings and took a batted ball off his forearm during a 4-1 loss to Oakland on Sept. 12. The right-hander, who has thrown two bullpen sessions since his last start, is 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA in his last six outings. "I feel more energized and have more desire to win now than ever because time's running out," Santana told the Angels' official website. Though he's 0-2 in his last four starts versus the White Sox, Santana has posted a 3.86 ERA during that span. He allowed three runs, two homers and hit two batters over six innings of a 6-5, 10-inning win at Chicago on Aug. 4.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Seahawks GM stomps Marshawn Lynch rumors

Mel Kiper: Joe Mixon is most talented RB in draft

Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews long road back to the desert

Lonzo Ball on Markelle Fultz: ‘I’m better than him’

Harden: Playing every game should count in MVP discussion

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Texans owner: We didn’t know Brock Osweiler well enough

Report: NFL approves automatic ejections for egregious hits to players' heads

Video seems to show Teddy Bridgewater dropping back, passing

Cavallari shares photo of Cutler in birthday suit on Instagram

Lionel Messi’s suspension puts Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

Report: Chris Long signs one-year deal with Eagles

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker