Detroit (45-47) at Chicago (62-30)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 20, 2005
  • TV: CSN
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Frank Thomas has provided plenty of power for the Chicago White Sox. The problem is he’s given them little else.

The slugger hopes to break out of an extended slump when the White Sox complete a three-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Thomas missed the first two months of the season due to ankle problems before homering five times in his first 25 at-bats. He is tied for fifth on the team with 12 homers, but is hitting only .218.

Over the last eight games, Thomas is batting just .138 (4-for-29) with one home run. He is a .307 hitter for his career.

“Nobody likes to struggle, but it’s part of the game,” Thomas said. “I have to make a couple of adjustments and just keep hitting the ball hard. I’m going to break out of it, just like all good hitters who go through slumps.”

Chicago starter Freddy Garcia is unbeaten in his last 11 outings, winning a career-high six straight decisions while posting a 2.99 ERA. He gave up one run and six hits over seven innings last Friday in a 7-1 win at Cleveland.

Garcia deflected credit for his success to his teammates.

“One thing I can say about this team is that we play together,” he said. “We come here every day and try to make it happen.”

The 29-year-old right-hander fired a five-hitter in a 6-1 victory at Detroit on June 30. Garcia improved to 9-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 16 career starts against the Tigers.

The Tigers ended the White Sox’s five-game winning streak Tuesday with a 7-1 victory. Jeremy Bonderman notched his 12th win by limiting Chicago to one run and three hits over eight innings.

Detroit learned Tuesday that closer Troy Percival likely will miss the rest of the season because of a partial muscle tear in his right forearm. Percival signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Tigers after spending the first 10 seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.

“We have some depth, but we’ve lost a part of that,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Tuesday. “We’re fortunate we still have some pretty good arms.”

Trammell indicated that right-hander Kyle Farnsworth would become the full-time closer. Farnsworth is awaiting a decision regarding his actions in Sunday’s brawl with Kansas City.

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N. Robertson Det vs. F. Garcia Atl
7-16 Record 14-8
4.48 ERA 3.87
122 K 146
65 BB 60
1.36 WHIP 1.25