Cleveland (55-54) at Chicago (54-51)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL, US
Temp: 61° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 6, 2004
  • TV: FSOH, FSCH
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The Cleveland Indians look to build off their recent success as they begin a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Indians have won two straight games following a four-game skid that put them seven games behind the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins. Grady Sizemore ended his own personal drought with a two-run double in the 10th inning of Thursday’s 6-3 win over Toronto. Sizemore was 1-for-11 before the double.

“We’ve been struggling lately, but it’s nice to get these last two games going into a big series against Chicago,” said Sizemore, whose team also trails the White Sox in the AL Central. “I didn’t feel great at the plate today, but when you can finish strong it helps you in the next game.”

Chicago has been in its own tailspin lately, losing nine of its last 11 games and falling six games behind Minnesota. In an attempt to bolster its offense, the White Sox acquired Roberto Alomar from Arizona on Thursday for a player to be named and cash, the second straight year general manager Ken Williams has traded for the 12-time All-Star second baseman for the stretch run.

“Obviously, you’ve got to deal with the fact that we’re six games back. But I do not accept that we don’t have enough talent to win this thing,” Williams said. “Robbie’s a smart pro and one who’s not afraid of the August and September heat—and I’m not talking about the temperature outside.

“As we go down the stretch here, you simply have to play smart baseball,” Williams added. “You cannot give away games. We need to pick it up.”

Alomar, 36, batted .309 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games for Arizona. He missed 56 games with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch in Milwaukee on April 20.

The White Sox come home after a dismal road trip that saw them lose five of seven games to the Tigers and Royals. Chicago dropped the series finale in Kansas City 6-4 on Thursday in a game that was delayed for 24 minutes in the ninth inning when the power went out.

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4.12 ERA 3.89
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72 BB 51
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