Texas (6-7) at Chicago (5-7)

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  • Game info: 8:11 pm EDT Wed Apr 18, 2007
  • TV: FSSW, CSN
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The Chicago White Sox had one of the best offenses in the majors last season, and they expected to be just as potent with the return of Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko.

The offense has been sputtering, though, and they’ll try to regroup and avoid losing their fourth straight game as they continue a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

The White Sox (5-7) scored the third-most runs in the majors last season (868) as Dye hit 44 home runs, Thome had 42 and Konerko added 35. But those players have combined for just six homers through the first 12 games, and Chicago has scored only two runs in its last three.

The White Sox have scored one run or fewer five times already after not being held to one run until their 21st game of 2006.

“It’s a long season, whether it be the cold or guys not seeing the ball right now, it will definitely turn around,” said Jon Garland, the losing pitcher of Tuesday’s 8-1 loss.

The Rangers (6-7) got home runs from Brad Wilkerson, Ian Kinsler and a three-run shot from Sammy Sosa in his first Chicago appearance since 2004.

Sosa was booed in each at-bat and homered following an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira.

“Definitely that moment was a moment I have to feel great. They walk Teixeira and got to me, and I got the job done,” said Sosa, who has 591 career home runs. “If you believe in yourself, good things will come out of it. Today, I’m not going to lie to you. I came here and didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been out for a year. To have the opportunity to come here and have a good game, I’m very satisfied.”

Thome provided Chicago’s offense with his third homer.

Dye—who went 0-for-4 on Tuesday—is just 1-for-11 (.091) all-time against Wednesday’s starter Kevin Millwood (2-1, 3.71 ERA), who is looking to win three straight starts for the first time in more than four years.

Millwood gave up three runs in five innings of a loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the Rangers’ season opener, but has limited opponents to four runs in 12 innings in winning his last two starts.

The right-hander yielded one run and seven hits in six innings of a 5-2 win over Seattle on Friday despite battling a bad cold. He has not won three straight starts since reeling off seven in a row with Atlanta from Aug. 11-Sept. 11, 2002.

Millwood did not face the White Sox last season, and is 0-2 with a 1.32 ERA in five career starts against them.

Chicago counters with Mark Buehrle (0-0, 4.32). After leaving his season debut in the second inning following a line drive on the left forearm, Buehrle allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings of a 6-3 victory over Oakland last Wednesday, but did not factor in the decision. He threw 113 pitches, and retired 17 of his final 18 batters.

Buehrle tries for his first win of the season against the Rangers, who have caused him some problems lately.

The left-hander won his first seven starts against Texas, posting a 1.79 ERA in those games, but has gone just 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA in his last four starts against them. He was 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA against them last season.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Millwood Sea vs. M. Buehrle Tor
10-14 Record 10-9
5.16 ERA 3.63
123 K 115
67 BB 45
1.62 WHIP 1.26

Scoreboard

Wednesday, Apr 18