Detroit (54-63) at Chicago (59-56)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 64° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 17, 2004
  • TV: FSD, FSCH
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Freddy Garcia tries for his third win against the Detroit Tigers this season as he leads the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

Garcia is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in three starts against Detroit this year. He earned a win in his last start against the Tigers, giving up four runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings as the White Sox won 6-4 on Aug. 1. Garcia is 6-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 12 career starts against Detroit.

The White Sox, who defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday, are 5-3 after losing 11 of their previous 13.

“When you lose seven in a row or 11 of 13, it’s kind of hard to come to the park upbeat,” White Sox center fielder Aaron Rowand said. “We came in here knowing we are playing a tough Boston team and you got the sense we were all pulling together and pulling for each other.”

Chicago closer Shingo Takatsu overcame bases-loaded jams in the last two innings Sunday to finish Sunday’s game. He has 12 saves in 13 chances.

“I put Shingo on the spot,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I like to have him for just one inning and that’s it.”

Chicago catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. injured his left groin in a collision at home plate. He is listed as day-to-day.

Detroit lost its second straight game Sunday, 3-2 to the Anaheim Angels.

The Tigers have lost 20 one-run games.

“We don’t take anything for granted,” Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. “We just fight until the end. We play the game hard until the last out. That’s why I’m very happy for this team. We are very close. We’re not that far away. Maybe we can finish the season strong and maybe next year’s going to be a very special year. I can see it.”

Detroit now sends its hottest pitcher to the mound. Mike Maroth, who is 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, can become the first Tigers pitcher in three years to reach double digits in wins. Steve Sparks won 14 games and Jeff Weaver 13 in 2001.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Maroth Min vs. F. García Atl
11-13 Record 13-11
4.31 ERA 3.81
108 K 184
59 BB 64
1.40 WHIP 1.22