Two years after winning the World Series for the first time since 1917, the Chicago White Sox are just trying to avoid being the worst team in the AL.
Chicago will try to snap a seven-game road losing streak when it meets the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game series.
The White Sox’s road skid was extended with a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer and Jim Thome added a solo shot for Chicago (57-75), which owns the second-worst record in the AL to Tampa Bay’s 52-80 mark.
“This year is the hardest year I’ve ever had in my career, even when I was player,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This is the hardest one, not because we’re losing. I feel like we let a lot of people down. We have a better ballclub than what we’ve shown, and I take full responsibility.”
“That’s what you call winning baseball,” rookie manager Ron Washington told the Rangers’ official Web site. “That’s what we need to do.”
Byrd finished 2-for-4 after going 0-for-12 in his previous four games. He will try to build off his multihit effort against Jon Garland (8-10, 4.90 ERA), who hopes to avoid losing four straight starts for the first time in his eight-year career.
The right-hander has been tagged for 20 runs - 14 earned - and 25 hits in 15 1-3 innings during his skid. He’s also failed to win in five starts this month, posting a 9.51 ERA.
Garland, who’s won 18 games each of the last two seasons, allowed six runs and nine hits in seven-plus innings Friday in an 11-3 home loss to Boston.
Garland is 0-3 with an 11.51 ERA in five road starts since winning at Baltimore on July 12. With a home loss to Texas on April 17, Garland fell to 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 15 career starts versus the Rangers.
Facing Seattle on Thursday, the right-hander went 5 2-3 innings and allowed seven runs - three earned - in a 9-4 loss.
Loe has faced the White Sox twice in his career, both in Arlington, and is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA.
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