The defending World Series champions look to continue their success against the White Sox when the teams meet for the second of four games at Edison Field.
Anaheim beat Chicago for the 10th time in the last 14 meetings with Monday’s 10-8 victory in the series opener. Bengie Molina tied a career high with four RBIs for the Angels, who had 14 hits and scored in six of their eight at-bats.
The Angels have hit .341 in 10 games against the White Sox in the last two seasons, winning seven of them. Anaheim is 9-1 at home against Chicago over the last three seasons.
Unfortunately for the Angels, they aren’t having nearly that much success against the rest of the league. Anaheim had dropped eight of nine before Monday’s victory, which was just their sixth in the last 20 games.
Chicago had been going in the opposite direction. The loss Monday was just the sixth in the last 23 games for the White Sox, who slipped 1 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
But the White Sox continue to struggle when they play on the West Coast. Chicago hasn’t won a series in Anaheim, Oakland or Seattle since taking two of three from the Athletics from Aug. 28-30, 2000.
The teams play six more times in the next nine days.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 16 GB, AL West.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Cotts (No record). Cotts was 9-6 with a 2.12 ERA for Double-A Birmingham. He was a second-round pick by the A’s in 2001.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Ramon Ortiz (13-9, 4.58 ERA). The inconsistent Ortiz comes off one of his worst outings of the season. The right-hander yielded seven runs and seven hits, including three homers, in just three innings of a 9-3 loss to Boston on Thursday. He is 2-2 in his last four starts, with a 0.00 ERA in the two wins and a 21.94 mark in the losses.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .319 avg. and 72 runs; Frank Thomas, 28 HRs; Carlos Lee, 80 RBIs and 11 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .315 avg., 26 HRs and 94 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 62 runs; Adam Kennedy, 15 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Angels, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - 1B Thomas went 3-for-5 on Monday, tying Eddie Collins for third place on the White Sox career list with 2,007 hits. … C Miguel Olivo returned to the White Sox lineup after missing three games with a sore shoulder. … OF Ordonez went 3-for-3 Monday and is 53-for-128 (.414) with 25 RBIs in his last 33 games. Angels - Anaheim is 26-11 at home against Chicago since 1995. … The Angels are 12-4 against the AL Central this year. Their next 25 games are against teams from that division. … Ortiz is 2-1 in four starts against the White Sox despite a 7.89 ERA.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 25-34 on the road; Angels - 32-28 at home.