The AL West-leading Angels look to win their fourth in a row in this matchup in Monday night’s series opener in Anaheim, where the White Sox will go for a season-high third consecutive victory.
Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the eighth, Los Angeles (20-15) rallied with three runs - an RBI single from Peter Bourjos(notes) and a two-run double by Erick Aybar(notes) - to defeat Cleveland 6-5 on Sunday for Scioscia’s milestone victory.
The two-time AL manager of the year became the 56th manager to reach 1,000 wins and 23rd to achieve that mark with one team.
“He’s put a lot of great players on the field to help him get a thousand wins, and I’m just happy to be a part of those thousand,” Torii Hunter(notes) said after dumping a cooler of water on Scioscia during a postgame interview.
Hunter was not in the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season, but will most likely be in right field Monday when the Angels continue their six-game homestand.
Los Angeles, which had lost seven straight in this matchup prior to a three-game sweep in Chicago from April 15-17, will face a White Sox team that’s won two in a row for the first time since April 25-26.
Sparked by a career high-tying five hits from Paul Konerko(notes), who left Saturday’s 6-0 victory with stiffness in his left wrist, Chicago (13-22) pounded out 12 hits in Sunday’s 5-2, 10-inning win at Seattle.
The White Sox have 29 hits in the last two contests after batting .207 and averaging 2.7 runs during a 1-8 skid that ended Saturday.
“Hopefully, we can turn it around and it will give us confidence as a team and confidence as individual players,” said manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team last won three straight Sept. 28-30.
While Chicago has started to get its offense in gear, the club’s starting pitching has been outstanding over the past six games with a 1.58 ERA.
Edwin Jackson(notes) (2-4, 4.98 ERA), who gets the ball Monday, was the hard-luck loser in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota as Francisco Liriano(notes) threw the first no-hitter against the White Sox since Aug. 26, 1991.
“It’s one of those tough games,” Jackson told the White Sox’s official website after throwing eight innings of six-hit ball. “Just continue to keep it pushing.”
Jackson, facing the Angels for the first time in a White Sox uniform, is 1-4 with a 5.59 ERA in his last five starts in Anaheim.
The Angels, winners of four of five, will counter with Ervin Santana(notes) (1-3, 4.43). The right-hander struck out seven in four scoreless innings of Wednesday’s 5-3, 12-inning win at Boston, but a rain delay of 2 hours, 35 minutes in the top of the fifth prevented him from continuing.
“My focus tonight was amazing,” Santana told the Angels’ official website. “Everything felt great.”
Hunter didn’t feel that way in last month’s series in Chicago, going hitless in 11 at-bats, but he is 6 for 14 with three homers off Jackson.
Konerko, 4 for 24 with seven strikeouts against Santana, is 7 for 9 over the last two games to raise his batting average to .323.
The White Sox, who swept a three-game set in their last visit to Anaheim from Sept. 24-26, have won eight of 11 on the road in this series.