Detroit (25-67) at Chicago (45-49)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 17, 2003
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The Chicago White Sox hope some of their recent additions start to pay dividends as they open the second half with four games against the lowly Detroit Tigers.

Chicago went 3-7 on a three-city trip and entered the break at 45-49—not the record the White Sox envisioned after adding ace Bartolo Colon this winter to an already powerful lineup.

“It was a pretty ugly first half, but there’s still time,” Frank Thomas said.

Chicago is seven games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

The White Sox acquired Roberto Alomar and Carl Everett in separate trades on July 1 to boost their struggling offense.

Chicago has a .245 team batting average and has scored 393 runs. Only the Tigers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays have scored fewer.

None of the new players has made a significant contribution thus far.

Alomar is hitting .229 in nine games with the White Sox. Everett has a .243 average with no home runs and one RBI over that stretch.

Colon has been the biggest disappointment. The hard-throwing righty is 6-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 19 starts.

Colon is 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in his last six starts. He is 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 career starts against the Tigers.

Detroit has the league’s worst record at 25-67 and is on pace to lose more than 100 games for the second straight year. The Tigers are last in the majors in runs, batting average and on-base percentage.

Despite its dismal record, Detroit has won five of eight.

Dmitri Young hit his team-leading 18th home run to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Young also leads Detroit with a .283 batting average, 49 RBIs and 47 runs.

STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 26 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 2nd place, 7 GB, AL Central.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Maroth (4-13, 4.89 ERA). The young left-hander went 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA in his last five starts before the All-Star break. The 27-year-old Maroth went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits in a 5-3 loss to Boston on July 11.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Colon (6-8, 4.14 ERA). Colon gave up four runs and 11 hits in six innings of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on July 9.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Young, .283 avg., 18 HRs, 49 RBIs and 47 runs; Alex Sanchez, 17 SBs. White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .295; Thomas, 20 HRs; Carlos Lee, 54 RBIs and 8 SBs; Everett, 59 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 6-6.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - 1B Carlos Pena is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts lifetime versus Colon. … RHP Adam Bernero was traded to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday for C/OF Ben Petrick. Bernero was 1-12 with a 6.08 ERA in 18 games this season. … Maroth is tied with teammate Jeremy Bonderman for the most losses in the majors with 13. White Sox - 1B Thomas is four home runs shy of 400 for his career. He needs 17 hits for 2,000. … 1B/DH Paul Konerko is batting .197 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. He hit .379 with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs by the All-Star break a year ago. … RHP Esteban Loaiza pitched two scoreless innings as the AL beat the NL 7-6 in Tuesday’s All-Star game at U.S. Cellular Field.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 13-32 on the road; White Sox - 26-18 at home.

INJURIES: Tigers - OF Bobby Higginson (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL; IF Dean Palmer (shoulder/neck), 60-day DL. White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL.

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M. Maroth Min vs. B. Colón NYM
9-21 Record 15-13
5.73 ERA 3.87
87 K 173
50 BB 67
1.45 WHIP 1.20