Los Angeles (42-39) at Chicago (42-36)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 6, 2004
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Freddy Garcia’s debut with the Chicago White Sox was far from spectacular.

The 28-year-old right-hander hopes to have a better showing as he makes his home debut in the opener of a three-game series against the Anaheim Angels at U.S. Cellular Field.

Garcia, who was acquired from Seattle on June 27 along with catcher Ben Davis for catcher Miguel Olivo, top prospect Jeremy Reed, minor league infielder Michael Morse, has flourished against the Angels. He is 10-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 18 career starts against Anaheim. The 10 wins are his most against any opponent, and the ERA is his best against opponents that he has faced at least 10 times.

Garcia, a two-time All-Star from Venezuela, won his first start with the White Sox with a 9-6 decision at Minnesota on Wednesday. He gave up seven hits and five runs, including three homers, while striking out a season-high nine over six innings.

Garcia hadn’t received that many runs in support from the last-place Mariners, who averaged 2.19 runs in his 15 starts.

“Coming from Seattle, we didn’t score that many runs,” said Garcia, who was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA with Seattle. “Everything’s different now, more relaxed.”

Still, Garcia doesn’t expect the offense to carry him everytime.

“I want to be focused, and I don’t want to lose my concentration,” he said. “I know they are going to score for me. So, I don’t want to give up too many runs.”

Despite leading the majors in runs per game, the White Sox managed just five runs over the weekend and were swept by the Cubs with Sunday’s 2-1 decision.

The Angels have lost six of seven, including two of three to Los Angeles with Sunday’s 6-2 defeat.

They have averaged fewer than four runs over their last 28 games, losing 19 of those contests.

Anaheim, which had a 3 1/2 -game lead atop the AL West on May 29, is currently third, 4 1/2 games back of first-place Oakland.

“We’ve got to get it going as soon as we can,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Guys in the dugout are upbeat and they’re getting after it. The effort’s there. We’ve got to match that effort with production now, and we will.”

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J. Lackey StL vs. F. Garcia Atl
14-13 Record 13-11
4.67 ERA 3.81
144 K 184
60 BB 64
1.39 WHIP 1.22