Mark Buehrle hopes to start the second half better than he ended the first.
The American League’s All-Star game starter will try to avoid his third straight loss as the major league-leading Chicago White Sox continue a four-game series with the struggling Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.
While Buehrle earned the win in the AL’s 7-5 victory in Detroit on Tuesday, the left-hander dropped his last two starts before the break, allowing 12 runs in a pair of losses to Oakland. Buehrle had allowed just two runs over a four-start stretch prior to his brief skid.
In Chicago’s 10-1 loss to Oakland on Saturday, Buehrle allowed five runs— two earned—and six hits in seven innings.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s not worried that Buehrle pitched two innings rather than one in Tuesday’s All-Star game.
“I’m fine with that,” he said. “Terry (Francona, the AL manager) did a good job.”
The White Sox have won two in a row from the Indians after entering the break on a three-game losing streak.
After taking the series opener 1-0 on Thursday, the White Sox posted a 7-1 win Friday behind seven strong innings from Freddy Garcia.
The White Sox improved to 28-5 against AL Central opponents, including 8-3 against Cleveland.
The Indians fell to 15-23 against division foes, lost for the seventh time in eight games overall and fell 13 games behind first-place Chicago.
“You play so many games in the division, it is important to do well against those teams because that determines your season,” Guillen said.