Chicago (33-16) at Texas (28-20)

Fair Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 79° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun May 29, 2005
  • TV: WGN, KDFI
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The Texas Rangers are hoping a day of rain won’t slow down their momentum as they look to extend a season-high seven-game winning streak against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Saturday’s game was called after a delay of 2 hours, 45 minutes. It won’t be made up until the White Sox return to Texas from Aug. 29-31.

Texas, which has used outstanding starting pitching to put together its best run of the year, is hoping an extra day of rest will be a benefit to its rotation.

Rangers starters are 7-0 with a 2.02 ERA during the streak after Chris Young led the way to a 6-2 victory in Friday’s series opener.

Young was the latest Texas starter to shine, allowing one run and six hits in eight innings for his third straight win. The 6-foot-10 right-hander did not walk a batter, throwing 71 of 102 pitches for strikes.

The Rangers, who are trying to win eight straight for the first time since Aug. 13-21, 2004, will send Chan Ho Park to the mound Sunday.

Park is seeking a fourth straight win for Texas, posting a 3-0 record with a 4.25 ERA over his last six starts.

The veteran right-hander yielded six hits in seven innings of a 2-0 win over Houston last Sunday. Park has issued just three walks over his last three starts after walking 15 in his previous three outings.

Alfonso Soriano homered twice and Mark Teixeira and Michael Young also connected Friday for Texas, which has 21 homers during its win streak. Soriano and Teixeira have homered in each of the last two games.

Chicago is hoping Jon Garland bounces back after his 10-game winning streak was snapped in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. The 25-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs and a season-high 11 hits in his first loss since Sept. 16, 2004 at Minnesota.

“I’ll go out there and do that every game, whether I lost them all or won them all,” Garland said. “There’s going to be days like that. Guys are going to be shut down at the plate. Guys are going to throw the ball well. It’s a game, it’s going to happen.”

Garland is 4-1 with a 3.19 ERA over his last five starts. He is 2-4 with a 5.81 ERA in 10 career games, including nine starts, against the Rangers.

Chicago lost for the fourth time in six games Friday, falling to 4-4 on a 10-game road trip. The White Sox have scored a total of 13 runs over their last six games.

Second baseman Tadahito Iguchi received a day off Friday, allowing Chicago to put slumping shortstop Juan Uribe in the No. 2 spot in the batting order. Uribe went 0-for-4 and is mired in a 1-for-24 skid on the road trip.

“When you get in a slump like that, you want to get four hits in one at-bat,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “That’s why I put him hitting second. Now, he has to move a guy over, take pitches, hit the ball behind the runner.”

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Starting Pitchers

J. Garland Col vs. C. Park Pit
18-10 Record 12-8
3.50 ERA 5.74
115 K 113
47 BB 80
1.17 WHIP 1.67