Tampa Bay (27-56) at Chicago (55-26)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 5, 2005
  • TV: FSFL, WCIU
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Freddy Garcia may not be headed to the All-Star game, but he’s pitching as well as any of the more heralded Chicago White Sox.

Garcia will shoot for his sixth straight win when the White Sox continue their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Chicago learned Sunday that right-hander Jon Garland and left-hander Mark Buehrle were named to the AL All-Star team. Garland leads the AL with 13 wins and Buehrle is 10-2 this season.

Garcia has been just as effective of late, going 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his last eight starts. He has not lost since May 14.

“I have to do my job, and they have to do their job,” Garcia said in reference to the attention paid to Garland and Buehrle. “But we are a team. We have to stick together and keep playing the way we have been playing, and right now, we are playing really good.”

The 29-year-old right-hander notched his first complete game of the season in his last outing, tossing a five-hitter in a 6-1 win at Detroit on Thursday. Garcia struck out eight and walked one for the second straight outing.

“We are starting to see the Freddy Garcia that we knew we were going to have,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Like I said, he’s attacking from the first inning.”

Chicago attacked for five runs in the first inning Monday and held on for a 10-8 victory in the series opener. Jermaine Dye belted a grand slam and drove in a season-high six runs for the White Sox, who won despite being outhit 14-11.

The Devil Rays have dropped six straight and have the worst road record in the AL (8-33).

Mark Hendrickson will be looking to avoid suffering his first consecutive losses of the season when he takes the ball for Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Hendrickson gave up six runs and six hits over a season-low three innings Wednesday in a 12-3 defeat to Toronto.

“I’m trying to find a little more consistency in executing pitches the way I want to,” Hendrickson said. “Even in my wins this year, I’ve been struggling to really lock in and have everything work for nine innings.”

The 6-foot-9 left-hander has no record and a 4.57 ERA in five career appearances, including three starts, against the White Sox. Hendrickson allowed six runs and eight hits over six innings in Tampa Bay’s 7-6 win over Chicago on May 10.

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M. Hendrickson Bal vs. F. Garcia Atl
11-8 Record 14-8
5.90 ERA 3.87
89 K 146
49 BB 60
1.55 WHIP 1.25