Chicago (31-13) at Los Angeles (25-18)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon May 23, 2005
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Jon Garland tries to become baseball’s first nine-game winner when he takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

Garland has won 10 straight starts dating to last season. He allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in a 5-2 win over Texas last Tuesday.

“It just feels nice to go out and give my team quality starts and a chance to win,” Garland said. “That’s what I’ve said from the very beginning. If I can keep these guys in the game, we’ll find ways to score runs.”

The 25-year-old right-hander will try to make it nine straight in a place where he has struggled in the past. Garland is 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA in five career starts at Angels Stadium.

Garland is 2-4 with a 4.34 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels, who have a 37-13 record at home over the last 10 seasons against the White Sox.

“Maybe it’s the time change, or maybe it’s just one of those things,” Garland said. “We go out there with no luck, and even if we play well, nothing seems to go our way.”

Chicago is continuing a 10-game road trip after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs. The White Sox just missed a sweep with a 4-3 loss on Sunday that ended a four-game winning streak.

Jermaine Dye homered in all three games for the White Sox, bringing his season total to nine. Dye has six homers and 13 of his 19 RBIs on the road.

The Angels also missed a chance to sweep their local rivals with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. A major bright spot was the return of left fielder Garret Anderson, who went 1-for-4 after missing three games with a hamstring problem.

The White Sox are no doubt glad that they will not see reigning AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero, who was placed on the disabled list by the Angels on Saturday with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. Guerrero batted .306 with 10 RBIs in nine games against Chicago in 2004.

With Guerrero out, the Angels have turned to Juan Rivera—who homered twice in the series against the Dodgers. Rivera is batting .353 (6-for-17) over the last six games.

“Juan’s a guy that has the potential to be a fine run producer,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “If he can keep that stroke that we’ve seen emerging in the last 20 at-bats he’s had, he’s gonna be key for us.”

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J. Garland Col vs. E. Santana Min
18-10 Record 12-8
3.50 ERA 4.65
115 K 99
47 BB 47
1.17 WHIP 1.39