The White Sox look for a second straight victory over the first-place Tigers on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
One night after being eliminated from postseason contention, Chicago (74-80) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Detroit in Friday’s series opener.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Tigers (82-71), whose lead in the division was cut to two games over Minnesota, which beat Kansas City 9-4 on Friday. The frontrunners open a four-game series Monday at Comerica Park, where Chicago will finish the season next weekend.
“It’s very simple. You’ve got to win enough games if you want to win the division,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “You turn the page.”
“I mean we’re out, but we have to play important games against Detroit,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team won the division a year ago. “As long as we play Detroit, we owe respect to Minnesota and baseball and we’re going to put the best we can out there.”
Beckham, a contender for AL rookie of the year, is batting .267 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs in 96 games this season, but only .222 with a pair of home runs against the Tigers.
While Garcia has pitched well in his second run with Chicago, he got little support while allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings of a 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Sunday. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four September starts.
“Freddy changes speed very well and keeps guys offbalanced and he’s been pitching great. It’s a shame we couldn’t find a way to score a couple for him and get him a win,” Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski(notes) said.
Garcia is 15-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 24 starts against the Tigers, but hasn’t faced them since 2006 during his first stint with the White Sox.
The left-hander, who’s 1-2 with a 2.41 ERA in four starts since coming off a two-month stint on the disabled list with a mass on his elbow, is 6-6 with a 5.08 ERA in 20 starts versus the White Sox.
Polanco is 13 for 26 in his last six games, but 3 for 20 against Garcia.