Chicago (60-62) at Detroit (59-65)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 24, 2004
  • TV: FSCH, FSD
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Since being called up by the Detroit Tigers in mid-July, Wilfredo Ledezma has gone unbeaten in seven appearances, including three starts, and become a father for the first time.

He’s hoping his good fortune at the big league level continues when the Tigers continue a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

Ledezma, who went 3-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 34 appearances for Detroit last year, has made the most of his second look with the Tigers. The 23-year-old left-hander improved to 3-0 with Thursday’s 8-4 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The win came just four days after Ledezma’s wife delivered the couple’s first child, Wilfred Aaron.

“My third win and my first son,” said Ledezma, who allowed three runs and seven hits over six solid innings. “I’m pitching well now. I got a lot of support. I just concentrated and threw the ball. Now I can go home and spend time with my child.”

Ledezma is 2-0 in three starts since joining the rotation on Aug. 5. He has allowed six runs over 16 2-3 innings in those outings, striking out 11 and walking six.

Ledezma will have a tough act to follow after watching teammate Jeremy Bonderman dominate the White Sox in Monday’s series opener. Bonderman struck out 14 in his first career shutout as the Tigers cruised to a 7-0 victory over the fading White Sox.

Carlos Guillen belted a two-run homer for Detroit, which has won five of seven. The Tigers have taken seven of 11 meetings from the White Sox this year.

Chicago, which has lost five straight, was a season-high 10 games above .500 on July 24 and leading the AL Central. Since then, the White Sox have lost 20 of 28 with Frank Thomas (ankle) and Magglio Ordonez (knee) out with injuries.

One day after the White Sox’s record dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 1-2, they dropped two games under for the first time since July 20, 2003.

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J. Garland Col vs. W. Ledezma LAD
12-11 Record 4-3
4.89 ERA 4.39
113 K 29
76 BB 18
1.38 WHIP 1.37