Chicago (11-4) at Detroit (6-9)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 21, 2005
  • TV: WGN
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Mark Buehrle will try for his second straight dominating performance as the Chicago White Sox go for their fourth straight win when they close out a two-game set with the Detroit Tigers.

In a 2-1 win over Seattle on Saturday, Buehrle pitched his 16th career complete game, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out 12.

“He’s unbelievable, the best to play behind,” first baseman Paul Konerko said. “He grabs the ball and throws it for strikes and nobody is hitting it hard.”

In the win, the left-hander rebounded from a shaky outing against Minnesota on April 10, in which he allowed five runs in seven innings.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have won three straight and are off to their best 15-game start since 1981.

On Wednesday night, Joe Crede hit a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye had a two-run drive and Jon Garland pitched eight solid innings to lift Chicago to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

“Any player that comes to a new team is going to try to get off to a good start,” said Dye, who entered the game hitting .178 with two homers and three RBIs. “But I’m relaxed now and I’m just going have fun.”

The Tigers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped, are hoping right-hander Jeremy Bonderman can continue where he left off in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Bonderman allowed one run on six hits over eight innings to earn his second win of the season.

“Bonderman is not going to toot his own horn, but I got my saxophone,” first baseman Dmitri Young said. “I have nothing but great praise for Jeremy Bonderman.”

In Wednesday’s loss Wilfredo Ledezma gave up six runs on eight hits. Since allowing only a run in his first start, Ledezma has given up 10 runs and 16 hits over 11 innings in his last two outings.

“Not to single anybody out, but we didn’t play well,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said when asked about Ledezma.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Buehrle Tor vs. J. Bonderman Det
16-8 Record 14-13
3.12 ERA 4.57
149 K 145
40 BB 57
1.18 WHIP 1.35