Chicago (16-4) at Oakland (9-11)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 54° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 26, 2005
  • TV: WCIU, KICU
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The red-hot Chicago White Sox will send Mark Buehrle to the mound when they take on the Oakland Athletics in search of their ninth straight win.

Chicago is on its longest winning streak since an eight-game run from July 18-25, 2003. The White Sox improved to 6-0 on an eight-game road trip with a 6-0 victory on Monday to open the series.

Jon Garland fired a four-hitter for his second career shutout and backup catcher Chris Widger snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a two-run homer off Barry Zito. Oakland was blanked for the second straight game, and has dropped three straight.

The White Sox won for only the third time in their last 16 games at McAfee Coliseum.

A winner of two straight starts, Buehrle allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 4-3 win at Detroit on Thursday.

The 25-year-old left-hander has had problems with the Athletics, going 2-6 with a 3.66 ERA against them in 15 career appearances, including 11 starts. He is 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA at McAfee Coliseum in eight appearances, including six starts.

Buehrle has pitched at least six innings in 32 straight outings, which is the longest such streak in the majors since Curt Schilling accomplished the feat in 38 straight starts from 2001-03.

Chicago is 9-1 in one-run games, including a 5-0 mark on the road.

“Being able to win the close games, the one-run or two-run games, or whatever, those are big confidence builders for the team,” center fielder Aaron Rowand said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be on the winning end of those and, hopefully, we can continue.”

Oakland’s Rich Harden brings a 15-inning scoreless streak into Tuesday’s start. Harden has allowed only one run all season and has struck out 16 during his scoreless run.

The 23-year-old right-hander allowed only five hits over seven innings in a 3-0 victory at Seattle last Thursday. Harden has struck out 21 and walked only six in 20 1-3 innings this season.

“Being a little more relaxed out there helps me to make my pitches,” Harden said. “I don’t try to do too much. In the past, I might have been focused too much in trying to make my pitches.”

Harden is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Buehrle Tor vs. R. Harden Min
16-8 Record 10-5
3.12 ERA 2.53
149 K 121
40 BB 43
1.18 WHIP 1.06