Chicago (24-7) at Tampa Bay (11-21)

Fair Currently: St. Petersburg, FL
Temp: 90° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Mon May 9, 2005
  • TV: CSN, WPXM
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The Chicago White Sox hope to improve upon the best record in baseball and post a ninth straight victory when they start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Chicago extended its winning streak by completing a three-game sweep at Toronto with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. Juan Uribe and Jermaine Dye each homered as the White Sox improved to 13-3 in one-run games.

The White Sox’s 24-7 record matches the 1919 club for the best start in franchise history.

“In my experience with the White Sox, we’ve always had a tough time playing in Toronto, so to come up here and sweep is a good feeling,” first baseman Paul Konerko said. “We’re rolling good. We’ll just try to keep it going and not lose any momentum on the flight to Tampa.”

Konerko, who went 0-for-3 on Sunday, saw his average fall to .160 at the Rogers Centre. He has fared much better at Tropicana Field, batting .316 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 19 career games.

Acquired in an offseason trade with Milwaukee, center fielder Scott Podsednik has been a big factor in Chicago’s success. Podsednik leads the American League with 16 stolen bases, including five over the weekend.

“If you just sit and watch a pitcher, you can learn a lot by following the patterns,” Podsednik said. “They all have tendencies. If you pay attention, you can pick up an awful lot of information.”

The White Sox made a series of moves on Sunday, most notably reinstating second baseman Willie Harris from the bereavement list and optioning second baseman Pedro Lopez to Triple-A Charlotte.

Harris, who hit .310 with one RBI in 13 games, is expected to rejoin the club on Monday.

Tampa Bay is coming off losing three straight to Minnesota, including a 9-6 defeat on Sunday. The Devil Rays have dropped 11 of 14.

The frustration was obvious after the game as manager Lou Piniella did not speak to reporters. Tampa Bay was riding high entering the series, coming off taking three of four from the New York Yankees. But the Rays scored just eight runs in the series.

“A good team can come against a team that is hot and lose,” Tampa Bay outfielder Chris Singleton said. “But Minnesota is a good team and they played the way they should. We didn’t do the things we needed to in order to win.”

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