Detroit (66-79) at Chicago (72-73)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 17, 2004
  • TV: FSD, FSCH
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The Chicago White are struggling to even be competitive.

The White Sox will try to end a four-game losing streak when they return home to open a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers.

With their 10-1 loss to the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins on Thursday, the White Sox have been outscored 37-4 in their last four games. The slide has dropped them back below .500 for the first time since Sept. 3.

The White Sox were completely shut down by the Twins, batting just .150 (15-for-90) with no extra-base hits.

“Two hits in an inning for us is looking mighty good,” first baseman Paul Konerko said. “It seems like I can’t remember the last time we put a couple of hits together.”

The offensive struggles are just part of the story. Chicago’s bullpen has a 10.57 ERA over the last six games. The relievers allowed five runs in one inning Thursday.

“We gave up unearned runs and we didn’t hit,” outfielder Aaron Rowand said of the entire series. “It’s tough to swallow. We hoped we’d be in a better position than we’re in.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, are coming off a 6-4 win over Cleveland on Thursday.

Eric Munson and Omar Infante each hit two-run homers off starter C.C. Sabathia and the bullpen secured the Tigers’ series win.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell used five relievers, including Jamie Walker, who pitched two innings, and Esteban Yan, who worked the ninth for his fourth save.

“It wasn’t easy that’s for sure,” Trammell said. “It was a bullpen night that’s how we looked at it. We made some moves that worked. Sometimes they haven’t worked, but tonight they did.”

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12-10 Record 2-3
4.90 ERA 7.40
155 K 26
66 BB 20
1.40 WHIP 1.60