Los Angeles (12-11) at Chicago (12-9)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 28, 2007
  • TV: KCOP, WGN
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Darin Erstad and Jermaine Dye helped the Chicago White Sox extend the Los Angeles Angels’ road misery in their series opener.

The White Sox, who could be without injured slugger Jim Thome, hope to add to the Angels road woes again Saturday in the second of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Dye homered twice and Erstad drove in the go-ahead run against his former team in Chicago’s 7-3 win Friday over the Angels, who dropped to 1-8 on the road.

Los Angeles (12-11), which had won six of seven games overall prior to Friday, will try to avoid a seventh straight road loss. The Angels’ lone road win - a 4-1 victory over Cleveland on April 11 - wasn’t even at the Indians’ home park, as it was relocated to Milwaukee due to snow.

Erstad, who played 11 seasons with the Angels before signing with Chicago in January, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and broke a tie with an RBI double in the sixth inning Friday.

“Honestly, I treat every team exactly the same,” said Erstad, who is batting .428 (9-for-21) with four doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored in his last five games. “I respect everyone exactly the same. Yeah, there are other circumstances, but to me, I treat it as just another game.”

He and Dye may be needed even more Saturday if Thome is unable to play because of a mild irritation of his right rib cage.

Thome, who is hitting .340 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 19 games, started Friday after missing two games, but left after fouling off a pitch during his first at-bat.

“We had a little meeting (after the game) about what we think and what we’ll do,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of Thome’s status. “We’re going to wait at least until (Saturday) on what decision we have to make.”

Jon Garland (0-1, 3.95 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in his fifth start for Chicago. The right-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in eight innings, but did not earn a decision in Chicago’s 6-5, 12-inning loss at Detroit on Sunday.

Garland is 2-6 with a 5.07 ERA in 11 starts against the Angels and has not beat them in the regular season since 2003.

Garrett Anderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Los Angeles on Friday, but left the game with a sore right hip in the eighth inning and is unsure of his status for Saturday.

“Generally, you want to treat everything carefully,” said Anderson, who is 5-for-11 with four runs and four RBIs in his last three games. “So yeah, we’ll just be cautious about it.”

Jered Weaver (0-2, 9.39), still recovering from biceps tendinitis, will take the mound for the Angels on Saturday.

The 24-year-old right-hander went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA as a rookie last season, but will look to bounce back after allowing seven runs - five earned - with seven hits in just 1 2-3 innings in the Angels’ 9-5 loss to Detroit on Monday.

“Everything feels good. I don’t blame anything on what happened because of anything physical,” said Weaver, who will make his first appearance against the White Sox.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Weaver LAA vs. J. Garland Col
13-7 Record 10-13
3.91 ERA 4.23
115 K 98
45 BB 57
1.39 WHIP 1.32

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Saturday, Apr 28