Chicago (31-16) at Toronto (26-21)

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  • Game info: 4:07 pm EDT Sat May 27, 2006
  • TV: CSN, RSN
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Jose Contreras will try to extend his impressive winning streak when the Chicago White Sox continue their three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

Since losing to Minnesota on Aug. 15, Contreras (5-0, 1.90 ERA) has made 15 starts, winning 13. The streak is the fourth-longest by a White Sox pitcher since 1970, and the longest since Wilson Alvarez put up 15 straight wins from Aug. 24, 1993-May 27, 1994.

Alvarez matched Lamarr Hoyt’s run of 15 straight wins from July 27, 1983-April 10, 1984. Hoyt also posted a 14-game winning streak from Aug. 27, 1981-May 4, 1982.

During his streak, Contreras has recorded a 2.00 ERA and opponents are hitting just .208 against him. He will make his second start since coming off the disabled list.

The Cuban-born right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 9 with sciatica, and was activated on Sunday to face the crosstown rival Cubs in the finale of their interleague series. Contreras gave up four runs and six hits—including two homers to Aramis Ramirez—over 7 1-3 innings, but did not get a decision in the White Sox’s 7-4 loss.

Contreras has made seven career starts versus the Blue Jays, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and .228 opponent batting average. His last win over Toronto came on Sept. 4, 2003 when he was with the New York Yankees.

Toronto (26-21) will counter with rookie Casey Janssen (3-3, 3.46), who is looking for his third straight win. The right-hander, pitching in place of the injured A.J. Burnett, yielded four runs and six hits through 6 2-3 innings in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

“I’m feeling more and more comfortable everyday. The nerves are gone. The emotion part is gone. Now I can just work on pitching,” said Janssen, who will make his first career start versus Chicago (31-16).

The Blue Jays took the series opener 8-2 on Friday for their fifth win in six games. Troy Glaus—listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds—made his first career start at shortstop a success by homering and cleanly fielding three balls.

“That’s a very large shortstop, a very large man,” teammate Vernon Wells said of Glaus. “He’s a good athlete. If he gets to it he’s going to throw the guy out. He’s got a great arm. It was different, but fun to see.”

Glaus, who was shifted from third base to keep his bat in the lineup, said he had fun at the position he played growing up.

“I had a good time,” he said. “As the game went on I got a little more comfortable. The game started slowing down a little bit. I was remembering what I needed to do.”

Toronto’s Alex Rios had three hits, including a homer, and tied a career high with a base hit in his 12th straight game. Rios is batting .365 (19-for-52) during the streak and leads the majors with a .364 average.

The homer, his 10th, matched a career-best set last year.

Paul Konerko homered twice for the White Sox, who have fallen 2 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Konerko has five homers in his last eight games, and needs five more to move past Harold Baines (221) into second place on the team’s all-time list.

Chicago has dropped three of its last four road games.

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J. Contreras Tex vs. C. Janssen Was
13-9 Record 6-10
4.27 ERA 5.07
134 K 44
55 BB 21
1.27 WHIP 1.32