Chicago (39-19) at Colorado (19-38)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 8, 2005
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The Chicago White Sox are glad to have Orlando Hernandez back in the starting rotation.

The Cuban right-hander looks to extend his seven-start unbeaten streak as the major league-leading White Sox try to complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Hernandez returned from more than two weeks on the disabled list Friday, allowing four earned runs and six hits in six innings of a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Hernandez, who was placed on the DL on May 22—retroactive to May 17—with a sore shoulder, has won his last five decisions and has not lost since his second start of the season on April 14.

“I need a little more control,” Hernandez said. “My shoulder is good. No pain. All season long my control has not been that good. No excuses.”

Hernandez allowed six earned runs and seven hits in just 2 2-3 innings against the Texas Rangers on May 16 in his last start before going on the DL. He hit four batters Friday, the most by a White Sox pitcher since James Baldwin hit four on Aug. 17, 2000 at Baltimore.

“The best part is no pain,” Hernandez said. “I’m happy. Next time, I try for a little better.”

The White Sox beat the Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday for their fifth win in six games. Chicago is 20 games over .500 for the first time since they ended the 2000 season 95-67, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jermaine Dye had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox.

Desi Relaford had two hits and Garrett Atkins drove in a run for the Rockies, who have lost two straight since a season-high four-game winning streak.

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O. Hernandez Was vs. J. Francis Tor
9-9 Record 14-12
5.12 ERA 5.68
91 K 128
50 BB 70
1.46 WHIP 1.62