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Chicago White Sox (12-9) at Baltimore Orioles (10-10), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Josh Stewart (1-1, 3.71)
Baltimore - Rodrigo Lopez (0-3, 7.66)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles will try to rise above the .500 mark
this evening when they play the rubber match of a three-game set against the
Chicago White Sox in Camden Yards.
B.J. Surhoff went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Orioles to
a 7-1 win in the second installment of the series on Wednesday.
Jason Johnson (3-0) picked up the victory for Baltimore, which has won three
of its last four. Johnson threw six innings and allowed just one run on one
hit while striking out two. The righthander also walked four batters.
Jay Gibbons stroked two hits, including a home run, while Melvin Mora and Gary
Matthews, Jr. each scored two runs for the Orioles, who won for the sixth time
in their last eight tries and improved to 10-10 on the season. Jeff Conine
also homered for Baltimore.
Gibbons is 8-for-18 with a pair of home runs in his last six games. He also
has two homers in this series which gives him a total of six home runs in
13 career games against Chicago.
Manager Mike Hargrove was expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday, but will
remain in Texas indefinitely to be with his ailing mother, who underwent a
second operation yesterday after having her infected gallbladder removed three
days earlier. Sam Perlozzo will continue to run the team.
On the injury front the O's placed outfielder Marty Cordova on the 15-day
disabled list on Wednesday with a right elbow injury. He will have surgery to
remove bone chips from the elbow and will be sidelined from six-to-eight
weeks. First baseman/designated hitter David Segui was also placed on the DL,
retroactive, April 18, with a strained right hamstring. He will be eligible
to return on Saturday, May 3.
In addition to those two, second baseman Jerry Hairston missed Wednesday's
game with a sprained left ankle and will probably miss the next three-to-five
Jose Valentin, Paul Konerko, and Sandy Alomar Jr. were the only White Sox to
post hits in the contest. Magglio Ordonez was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks,
but saw his career-high 18-game hitting streak come to an end.
Bartolo Colon (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season after throwing six
innings and allowing five runs on seven hits to go along with three strikeouts
and two walks.
Baltimore will pin its hopes tonight on young righthander Rodrigo Lopez, who
has struggled to start the season after an impressive rookie campaign. Lopez
is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in his four starts this season. Last year Lopez won 15
games for Baltimore, but dropped four of his last five decisions to end the
The 27-year-old hurler, who is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA lifetime against the White
Sox, allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start, an
8-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Chicago will counter with rookie lefthander Josh Stewart, who is coming off
his first major league victory in his last start. Stewart, who is 1-1 with a
3.71 ERA on the year, allowed one run on five hits over six innings, while
striking out three in a 12-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
This will be his first appearance against the Orioles.
Chicago took four of seven from the Orioles last season, including two of
three in Baltimore.
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