Cleveland (41-57) at Chicago (48-50)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 21, 2003
  • TV: WCIU
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The Chicago White Sox will try to put a halt to their recent struggles against the slumping Cleveland Indians as they open a two-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox are 6-8 against the Indians this season, going 0-1-2 in the last three series against their AL Central rivals. The teams split a four-game set at Jacobs Field prior to the All-Star break.

“They have been tough on us all year, but we need the games,” White Sox designated hitter Frank Thomas said. “They gave us a battle in Cleveland, but it would be great to get these two games.”

Mike Porzio will make his second major league start for the White Sox after losing 4-2 to the Indians in the second game of a doubleheader on July 11. Porzio, who took the rotation spot of demoted right-hander Dan Wright, gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander also struck out six.

“It was a long day,” said Porzio, who woke up at 4 a.m. to catch a flight from Providence, R.I. to Cleveland. “I thought I threw OK.”

The White Sox routed Detroit 10-1 Sunday, taking three of four in their weekend series. Chicago, which scored 30 runs in the four games, had 16 hits and five home runs in Sunday’s win.

Thomas homered twice for Chicago after entering the game in a 6-for-43 (.140) slump. Paul Konerko also had three hits and a homer, and is batting .526 (10-for-19) during a five-game hitting streak.

The White Sox have won three straight, while the Indians are on a five-game losing streak.

Cleveland, which went into to the All-Star break with victories in six of nine, was swept in four straight by the New York Yankees over the weekend, capped by Sunday’s 7-4 defeat.

Victor Martinez drove in two runs for the Indians, and is 4-for-11 (.364) in his last three games.

STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 14 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 3rd place, 7 GB, AL Central.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Tallet (0-1, 3.77 ERA). Called up from the minors after Sunday’s game, Tallet is making his third start of the season. The 6-foot-7 left-hander has allowed a combined three runs and 13 hits in his two starts, spanning 11 innings. His last major league outing came on June 20 at Pittsburgh, when he tossed six scoreless innings in the Indians’ 5-4, 15-inning loss.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Porzio (0-1, 4.76 ERA). Porzio has been back and forth between the minors and big leagues since his major league debut with Colorado in 1999. He was 7-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 minor league games, including 16 starts, this season. Porzio appeared in 32 games with the White Sox last season, going 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .320 avg., 51 runs and 15 SBs.; Matt Lawton, 15 HRs and 47 RBIs. White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .299 avg. and 54 runs; Thomas, 22 HRs; Carlos Lee, 57 RBIs and 8 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Indians, 8-6.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - To make room for LHP Tallet, LHP Alex Herrera was sent to the minors. … OF Coco Crisp was 6-for-17 (.353) in the four games against the Yankees. … The Indians have scored exactly four runs in seven straight games. White Sox - The White Sox matched season highs Sunday with 16 hits and five home runs. … DH Thomas is two short of 400 career home runs. … Ordonez has hit in 11 of his last 13 games, including seven multi-hit efforts.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 19-32 on the road; White Sox - 29-19 at home.

INJURIES: Indians - SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL. White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL.

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B. Tallet SD vs. M. Porzio Atl
0-2 Record 1-1
4.74 ERA 6.43
9 K 9
8 BB 1
1.63 WHIP 1.36