Cleveland (5-12) at Chicago (11-6)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 20, 2003
  • TV: FSCH
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Mark Buehrle looks to help the Chicago White keep up their strong play as they play the third game of a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buehrle hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts this season, and has the AL’s third-best ERA at 1.57. The left-hander beat the Indians 7-2 on April 10, limiting them to an earned run and five hits over seven innings.

The White Sox got a strong performance from another left-hander in Saturday’s 12-3 victory as Josh Stewart allowed an earned run over six innings.

Chicago has won four in a row, with its starters compiling a 1.93 ERA.

Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee homered for Chicago on Saturday. Ordonez is batting .317 during a 15-game hitting streak, the longest in the AL this season and just two shy of his career best.

Lee’s homer was his third in as many games. He has 11 RBIs in his last five games.

The Indians’ best offensive weapon on Sunday figures to be Milton Bradley, who is hitting .538 (14-for-26) against lefties this season. The center fielder returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing a game with a sore hamstring and went 2-for-4.

Cleveland has lost four in a row and eight of its last 10.

STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 8 1/2 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL Central.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (1-2, 8.36 ERA). Davis picked up his first victory of the season in Tuesday’s 8-3 home decision over Baltimore. The right-hander surrendered three earned runs and eight hits over seven innings. He had given up 10 earned runs over seven innings in losing his first two starts, including a 7-2 setback in his first meeting against the White Sox on April 10.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Buehrle (2-1, 1.57 ERA). Buehrle escaped without a decision in the White Sox’s 8-5 home loss to Kansas City on Tuesday. He is 4-4 with a 4.86 ERA in eight career starts against the Indians.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Bradley, .368 avg., 3 HRs and 15 runs; Ellis Burks, Travis Hafner and Matt Lawton, 8 RBIs; Lawton and Brandon Phillips, 2 SBs. White Sox - D’Angelo Jimenez, .355 avg.; Jose Valentin, 4 HRs; Ordonez, 15 RBIs; Jimenez and Ordonez, 12 runs and 2 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: White Sox, 4-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - The Indians activated RHP Aaron Myette from the DL and sent right-hander Chad Paronto to Triple-A Buffalo. Myette was on the DL since March 28 with a strained right quadriceps and had been on a rehab assignment. He pitched in the eighth inning Saturday and gave up three earned runs, including OF Lee’s homer. … OF Bradley is batting .286 (4-for-14) for his career against LHP Buehrle with a triple and a double. He went 1-for-4 against him on April 10. … 3B Blake’s homer on Saturday was the third of his career and his first since September 2001. White Sox - The 12 runs and 16 hits Saturday were both season highs for Chicago. … Chicago’s current win streak is its longest since a seven-game run from Aug. 27-Sept. 3. … Chicago is second in the AL with five triples. Minnesota leads the league with eight.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 2-5 on the road; White Sox - 7-1 at home.

INJURIES: Indians - INF Ben Broussard (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Cliff Lee (abdominal), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; IF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. White Sox - RHP Dan Wright (elbow), 15-day DL.

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8-11 Record 14-14
4.68 ERA 4.14
85 K 119
47 BB 61
1.32 WHIP 1.35