Detroit (55-63) at Chicago (59-57)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 18, 2004
  • TV: FSD, CLTV
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Jose Contreras is fitting in just fine with his new team.

After struggling much of the season in New York, the right-hander will try to improve to 3-0 with the Chicago White Sox when they continue their series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Acquired at the trade deadline from the Yankees for Esteban Loaiza, Contreras is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts for the White Sox.

On Friday, Contreras pitched six innings in an 8-7 victory over Boston—his first win in six starts against the Red Sox.

Relying heavily on his splitter, Contreras struck out eight while walking five.

“I was just commanding everything—my fastball, slider and split,” Contreras said. “I’ve been mixing up my pitches a lot. I try to mix them up and not let them get used to seeing one pitch.”

Despite Contreras’ success, manager Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want to see him neglect his explosive fastball.

“This kid throws 90 mph all the way to 96,” Guillen said. “I would like him to use his fastball more often.”

With Tuesday’s 11-8 loss in the opener of this series, the White Sox are now five games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

Freddy Garcia allowed nine runs and 11 hits, including a career-high four home runs, over 4 1-3 innings.

Chicago was without Guillen, who was hospitalized with kidney stones. Guillen also served the first game of a two-game suspension.

“I think what he had passed. He was in a lot of pain today. They found out what it was and they took care of it,” said bench coach Harold Baines, who managed in place of Guillen. “He didn’t really watch the game.”

Bobby Higginson, who had come in hitting .159 over his previous 31 games and was without an extra-base hit in his last 19, hit a three-run homer in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth for the Tigers.

The Tigers have won four of six.

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J. Bonderman Det vs. J. Contreras Tex
11-13 Record 13-9
4.89 ERA 5.50
168 K 150
73 BB 84
1.31 WHIP 1.47