Chicago (79-47) at Seattle (54-74)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 28, 2005
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Freddy Garcia makes his return to Safeco Field when the Chicago White Sox try to complete a three-game sweep against the Seattle Mariners.

Garcia, who spent his first 5 1/2 years with the Mariners, was traded from Seattle to Chicago on June 27, 2004. He signed a three-year, $27 million contract 10 days later with the White Sox.

The 29-year-old right-hander has faced the Mariners three times since the trade, all at home. After beating them last season in the first outing, Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in a pair of starts in 2005 against his former team.

Garcia went 33-25 with a 3.53 ERA in 76 career starts for Seattle at Safeco Field. He is 9-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 14 road starts this season.

Chicago extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-3 victory on Saturday. Jermaine Dye went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer as the White Sox extended their comfortable lead atop the AL Central division to nine games over Cleveland.

Dye has turned in three straight multi-hit efforts, batting .615 (8-for-13) with six extra-base hits in that stretch. The veteran outfielder, who has eight career four-hit efforts, has doubled six times in his last 17 at-bats.

The White Sox are attempting to sweep a series in Seattle for the first time since taking four straight games at the Kingdome from June 23-26, 1994. Their last three-game sweep in Seattle was from July 30-Aug. 1, 1993.

Seattle starter Jamie Moyer will oppose Garcia as he attempts to remain unbeaten at home. Moyer is 7-0 with a 2.74 ERA in 13 home starts.

The veteran left-hander suffered a 4-2 loss to Chicago on Aug. 6, allowing four runs and four hits over 7 2-3 innings. Moyer fell to 5-9 with a 4.45 ERA against the White Sox in 22 career appearances, including 19 starts.

The Mariners have won 11 of Moyer’s 13 home outings.

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F. García Atl vs. J. Moyer Tor
14-8 Record 13-7
3.87 ERA 4.28
146 K 102
60 BB 52
1.25 WHIP 1.39