Los Angeles (29-18) at Chicago (27-19)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 88° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri May 28, 2004
  • TV: KCAL, FSCH
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The Anaheim Angels look to rebound from being swept in a series for the first time this season when they take on the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Angels lost 3-2 to Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for their third straight loss since sweeping the Baltimore Orioles last weekend.

Jeff DaVanon had the only RBI for Anaheim, whose only other three-game losing streak this season came from April 18-21.

The Angels, tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best record in the majors, are without regulars Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus, who are on the disabled list. Still, they lead the AL in runs scored and batting average.

“We’re missing some very important guys to our team. It’s starting to show,” said left-hander Jarrod Washburn, who was charged with the loss Thursday.

Second baseman Adam Kennedy insisted the team can’t use injuries as an excuse.

“We’re just kind of stagnant right now,” he said. “You can’t expect Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen to carry us every day. Injuries happen, but if we’re going to be there at the end of the year, we’re going to have to play through some injuries.”

The White Sox beat Texas 9-0 on Thursday, shutting out the hot-hitting Rangers for the second straight game and winning for the seventh time in nine games. The back-to-back shutouts were Chicago’s first since September 1995.

Juan Uribe hit two solo homers and Jose Valentin added a three-run shot for the White Sox, who pulled a game ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

“This kid will be in the lineup no matter if he has to be behind the plate,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of Uribe, who is hitting a team-best .348.

“I never thought my best hitter was going to be Uribe when I got this job. And he is right now.”

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