Baltimore (16-12) at Chicago (17-13)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue May 11, 2004
  • TV: CSN, FSCH
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The Baltimore Orioles look to extend their winning streak to four games, while the Chicago White Sox try to end their season-high skid at three when the teams play their second series in a week.

The White Sox took two of three from the Orioles at Camden Yards last Monday-Wednesday, but after that series, Chicago went on to lose three in a row while Baltimore won its next three.

The Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 12-11 win on Sunday after scoring 10 runs in a victory on Saturday.

Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and Javy Lopez had three hits apiece Sunday for Baltimore, which has been able to survive lately despite an ineffective starting rotation.

Eric DuBose had a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings but allowed six runs, giving Orioles starters a 6.67 ERA over the last 16 games.

“I think you saw it all today,” Baltimore first-year manager Lee Mazzilli said. “Good pitching, bad pitching. Good baserunning, bad baserunning. Good hitting.

“Obviously, you walk away with a win, it’s good. But we have to find a different way to get it done. We can’t go the whole year like this.”

Baltimore is expected to activate second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. on Tuesday after he spent the first 28 games of the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken finger suffered in spring training.

Hairston, limited to 58 games last year because of a broken foot, will initially be a designated hitter, Mazzilli said.

“The kid hasn’t played in six months,” Mazzilli said. “It’s not like I am looking for him to set the world on fire the first game or so.”

Chicago didn’t hit much over the weekend, and scored only eight runs in getting swept in its three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.

The White Sox have dropped four of five since a stretch of six wins in eight games.

“If we continue to play like this it’s going to be a tough year,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said after Sunday’s 5-2 loss at Baltimore. “You’re not going to win too many games scoring two runs.”

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11-15 Record 16-10
5.30 ERA 3.89
115 K 165
69 BB 51
1.55 WHIP 1.26