Cleveland (83-60) at Chicago (61-82)

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  • Game info: 8:11 pm EDT Mon Sep 10, 2007
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While C.C. Sabathia is the unquestioned ace of the Cleveland Indians, Fausto Carmona has helped give the AL Central leaders a very formidable top of the rotation.

Carmona looks to continue his outstanding road pitching as the Indians open a three-game series Monday night against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Carmona’s 15-8 record and 3.27 ERA are very impressive numbers for any pitcher, but his are nothing short of remarkable considering he went 1-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 2006.

The 23-year-old right-hander has combined with Sabathia (17) and Paul Byrd (14) for 46 wins. Boston (48) is the only team with a higher total from its top three pitchers.

Carmona was very good Wednesday in a 6-2 win at Minnesota, allowing two runs and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He is 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 14 road starts, giving up three runs or fewer in each appearance.

One team that has given Carmona trouble this season is Chicago, which has reached him for 11 runs and 14 hits in 10 1-3 innings in two games.

Chicago’s Juan Uribe is 3-for-6 with a pair of homers against his Dominican countryman.

After losing the first two games of their series against the West-leading Los Angeles Angels, the Indians rebounded to take the final two, including a 6-2 victory Sunday.

“I’m not going to lie. It was pretty big,” said Ryan Garko, who hit a three-run homer. “Detroit came out here last month and they got swept - and we know how good Detroit is. So after those first two games, I think there might have been a little bit of worry that it might happen to us. But then C.C. shut them down last night, and Aaron (Laffey) did a great job tonight in a tough environment.”

Garko is only batting .214 (6-for-28) in his last six games, but three of those hits have been home runs.

Asdrubal Cabrera added two RBIs as Cleveland (83-60) won for the 13th time in 16 games.

The Indians have opened a six-game lead over Detroit in the Central with 19 games remaining—12 against teams out of playoff contention. Cleveland, seeking its first division title since 2001, hosts the Tigers for three games starting Sept. 17.

The last-place White Sox (61-82) were unable to complete a three-game sweep of Minnesota on Sunday, falling 5-2. Chicago, guaranteed its first losing season since 1999, has lost 20 of its last 27 games.

Jim Thome homered for the third straight game, the 498th of his career. He would become the third player this season to reach 500 homers, joining Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas.

Thome, who spent his first 12 seasons with Cleveland, is batting .269 (14-for-52) with one home run and nine RBIs in 14 games this year against the Indians. He homered in four consecutive games last season from April 9-13.

Gavin Floyd (1-2, 6.20) looks to build on two straight solid outings for the White Sox. Floyd, who has shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation, has pitched well in each of his last two starts, but did not record a decision in either. He limited Detroit to one run and six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out a career high-tying six on Tuesday.

Floyd has never faced the Indians.

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