Chicago (81-78) at Kansas City (57-102)

Fair Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 77° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Fri Oct 1, 2004
  • TV: FSCH, RTN
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Jon Garland is not happy with the way he’s pitched this year.

He hopes to end his disappointing season on a high note as the Chicago White Sox continue their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

The 25-year-old right-hander has not pitched with the consistency Chicago had hoped for this year, splitting 22 decisions. He went 12-12 in 2002 and 12-13 last year, but was looking for a breakthrough campaign before falling into a familiar pattern this season.

“I’m not happy with the way I have thrown the ball,” said Garland, who has alternated wins and losses in his last eight decisions. “I feel I’m a lot better pitcher than I have shown, especially this year. I guess time will only tell how I end up.”

Garland pitched into the ninth inning to lead Chicago to a 5-1 victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

“It was just nice to go out there and give my team a chance,” Garland said. “I haven’t done that lately. I have been putting them in a hole and nothing good could come out of that.”

With a win, Garland will finish with more wins than losses for the first time in his five-year career.

The White Sox assured themselves of at least a .500 record by beating the Royals 9-2 on Thursday.

Left-hander Mark Buehrle tossed a four-hitter and tied a season high with eight strikeouts to lead Chicago. Aaron Rowand hit a three-run home run in a five-run eighth for the White Sox.

The Royals, looking to snap a six-game losing streak, will send rookie Denny Bautista to the mound. The 24-year-old right-hander is winless in six major league appearances, including four starts. Bautista was acquired from Baltimore in June for reliever Jason Grimsley.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Garland Col vs. D. Bautista Sea
12-11 Record 0-4
4.89 ERA 8.49
113 K 19
76 BB 13
1.38 WHIP 1.92