San Diego (20-49) at Chicago (31-36)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 15, 2003
  • TV: KUSI, FSCH
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Oliver Perez hopes to make good on his second chance with the National League-worst San Diego Padres this season.

Perez, exiled to Triple-A Portland after a dismal April, will take the mound for the finale of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Perez went 4-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 16 appearances, including 15 starts, as a rookie in 2002. But he was 1-3 with an 8.23 ERA in six April starts before his demotion.

After going 3-3 with a 3.02 ERA in eight outings with Portland, Perez earned a promotion, taking the roster spot of right-hander Brian Tollberg, who was optioned down. The 21-year-old left-hander from Mexico is anxious to prove himself.

“This is like starting over,” he said. “I want to come in like last year when I came up. I was working hard down there, waiting for the call. Its good to be back here, I want to work hard to stay here.”

The Padres, who are 8-25 on the road this season, dropped their second straight in Chicago on Saturday as Frank Thomas belted a two-run homer to lift the White Sox to a 6-5 win.

Thomas is 22-for-57 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in 16 games since being moved to first base from the designated hitter’s slot. The former two-time AL MVP has raised his average from .250 to .284 since going back to his natural position.

The White Sox have won five of seven since opening June 1-6.

STANDINGS (through June 13): Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. White Sox - 3rd place, 8 1/2 GB, AL Central.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Perez (1-3, 8.23 ERA). Perez is 3-4 with a 4.64 ERA in 11 career road starts.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Jon Garland (4-5, 5.29 ERA). Garland allowed two run and five hits over seven strong innings in Tuesday’s 5-3 win at San Francisco, rebounding nicely from his worst outing of the season. The right-hander was pounded for season highs of seven runs and 10 hits in a 8-6 loss at Arizona on June 4. Garland, who has yielded two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, is making his first career appearance against the Padres.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .312 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 12 HRs and 38 RBIs; Rondell White and Xavier Nady, 32 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. White Sox - Thomas, .284 avg. and 16 HRs; Carlos Lee, 41 RBIs, 34 runs and 7 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Padres - 3-8. White Sox - 6-5.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - INF Loretta went 3-for-4 on Saturday, raising his June batting average to .460. Loretta is 19-for-34 during an eight-game hitting streak. … The Padres are 1-4 on their 10-game road trip. … 1B Klesko went 0-for-4 on Saturday after going 8-for-18 in his previous four games. White Sox - RHP Billy Koch has converted eight of 10 save opportunities. … 1B Thomas has homered in three straight games. … Slumping DH Paul Konerko went 0-for-2 on Saturday, dropping his average to .197. He had hit safely in his previous two games after going without a hit in his previous six.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 8-25 on the road; White Sox - 19-14 at home.

INJURIES: Padres - SS Vazquez (abdominal strain), 15-day DL; INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. White Sox - INF Willie Harris (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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77 BB 74
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