Garcia, who went 9-4 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts for Chicago last season, is hoping to get the White Sox back in the win column after a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Chicago’s hitters were held in check by Twins ace Johan Santana, who allowed only two runs and struck out 11 as Minnesota handed the White Sox just their second loss in six games.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was happy with his team’s effort despite losing on Sunday.
“If you told me that we’d come to Minnesota and win two of three, I’d take that every day,” Guillen said.
Chicago starter Mark Buehrle gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings. It was the first time a White Sox starter gave up more than three runs this season.
Guillen is looking for Garcia to replicate his first start of the season against Cleveland.
The 28-year-old right-hander failed to qualify for a decision against the Indians on Wednesday despite allowing only two runs and five hits in six innings of Chicago’s 4-3 win. Garcia had six strikeouts and walked three.
The Indians have won three of four since dropping the first two games of the year against the White Sox in Chicago.
“They came back, and we had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
Jason Davis pitched six innings in his season debut, giving up five runs— four earned—and eight hits.
Three Cleveland relievers finished, with Wickman giving up an RBI single to Carlos Guillen in the ninth before finishing for his second save. Before getting Rodriguez, Wickman started to think about his blown save Wednesday, when he wasted a three-run lead against the White Sox.
“I’m thinking, ‘Here we go again,’ just like everyone else,” he said. “I made a good pitch to Guillen and he got a base hit. Pudge was up swinging at the first pitch, and I threw a little two-seamer in on him. Maybe I outsmarted one of the best hitters. I don’t know.”
White Sox closer Shingo Takatsu blew a save against Cleveland on Thursday, allowing three solo homers in the ninth inning to tie the game. The Indians scored six in the 11th inning to come away with an 11-5 win.