Texas (60-70) at Chicago (69-61)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 49° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 24, 2003
  • TV: KDFI, FSCH
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Frank Thomas and the Chicago White Sox look to continue their home dominance as they try to complete a sweep of their four-game series with the Texas Rangers.

At 43-22, the White Sox have the second-best home record in the American League behind Oakland (44-21).

Chicago is 15-3 at home since the All-Star break. The White Sox routed Texas 13-2 on Saturday, improving to 6-0 on their seven-game homestand.

Chicago maintained a one-game lead over Kansas City atop the AL Central.

“The offense has been exploding at home,” said Chicago’s Mark Buehrle, who pitched six solid innings for the win Saturday. “Everybody is clicking—it’s not like we have one or two guys on the offense working.”

Thomas homered twice and drove in five runs for Chicago for Saturday, giving him six home runs and 12 RBIs on the homestand. He has hit 26 of his 34 home runs at home.

“We seem to have things really rolling at home,” Thomas said. “Just relaxing and just getting good pitches to hit—I’m having one of those periods where I’m just getting good results out of my swing.”

A victory Sunday will give the White Sox their first four-game sweep of the Rangers, who have lost three in a row after winning a season-high eight straight.

Texas will send its ace John Thomson to the mound in the finale.

The Rangers have won each of Thomson’s last six starts, with the right-hander going 4-0 over that span.

Thomson allowed four earned runs and 11 hits over eight innings on Tuesday in a 5-4 win at Detroit. He hasn’t lost since July 22 at Baltimore, and has given up three earned runs or fewer in four of his last six outings.

STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 16 1/2 GB, AL West. White Sox - 1st place, AL Central.

RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Thomson (11-10, 5.21 ERA). Thomson, in his first season in the AL after five years in the NL, is facing the White Sox for the first time.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Jon Garland (9-9, 4.47 ERA). The 23-year-old right-hander went eight innings, giving up two earned runs and five hits, in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Anaheim. He had been 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in his previous three starts. Garland is 1-3 all-time against Texas with a 6.51 ERA in six starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Hank Blalock, .314 avg.; Alex Rodriguez, 37 HRs, 95 RBIs, 100 runs and 16 SBs. White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .317 avg. and 80 runs; Thomas, 34 HRs; Carlos Lee, 92 RBIs and 12 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - SS Rodriguez is batting .462 (6-for-13) against RHP Garland with one homer and six RBIs. … DH Rafael Palmeiro, who was 1-for-4 Saturday, is batting .444 (8-for-18) against Chicago this season with one homer, three doubles and seven RBIs. … Texas optioned RHP Juan Dominguez to Triple-A Oklahoma before Saturday’s game and recalled RHP Rosman Garcia. White Sox - DH Thomas recorded his 24th career multihomer game and fourth this season. Thomas’ five RBIs were his most since Sept. 11, 2000, against Detroit. … 3B Joe Crede matched his career high with three hits Saturday, finishing 3-for-4. … SS Jose Valentin has four home runs in his last four games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 25-40 on the road; White Sox - 43-22 at home.

INJURIES: Rangers - OF Juan Gonzalez (calf), 15-day DL; OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (rib cage, oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 60-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. White Sox - RHP Billy Koch (elbow), 15-day DL.

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J. Thomson KC vs. J. Garland Col
13-14 Record 12-13
4.85 ERA 4.51
136 K 108
49 BB 74
1.30 WHIP 1.37