Los Angeles (33-33) at Chicago (44-22)

Sunny Currently: Chicago, IL, US
Temp: 67° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 18, 2005
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Paul Konerko looks to continue his hot hitting when the Chicago White Sox resume a three-game interleague games with the sputtering Los Angeles Dodgers.

Konerko is riding a 13-game hitting streak, batting .367 (18-for-49) in that span with 10 RBIs and 13 runs scored. The first baseman has raised his average from .223 to .253.

Chicago posted a 6-0 win Friday to even its record at 2-2 on a 12-game homestand. Mark Buehrle pitched an eight-hitter and Konerko opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first inning.

Freddy Garcia seeks a fourth straight victory when he takes the mound for the White Sox. Garcia is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five outings. He surrendered five runs and 10 hits over six innings in Chicago’s 8-5 win in 10 innings at San Diego on Sunday.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers. Garcia is 14-6 with a 2.38 ERA in his career in interleague play.

Los Angeles fell to 0-4 on a 13-game road trip as it continues to be hampered by injuries. The Dodgers started rookies Mike Edwards, Mike Rose and Jason Repko on Friday as well as seldom-used Antonio Perez at shortstop.

Perez started in place of Cesar Izturis, who missed his third straight game with a strained right hamstring. The Dodgers have indicated that he will likely miss the entire weekend.

“I still feel it when I try to stretch,” Izturis said. “I had one like this in Triple-A. I was out a week, and after that I was timid for a while.”

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Starting Pitchers

E. Dessens NYM vs. F. Garcia ATL
1-2 Record 14-8
3.56 ERA 3.87
37 K 146
19 BB 60
1.25 WHIP 1.25