Cleveland (71-72) at Chicago (73-71)

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  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Sun Sep 11, 2011
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Zach Stewart(notes) has been up with the Chicago White Sox for a little more than a month and is building a case to remain in the team’s plans for the future.

The rookie right-hander looks to build on a near-perfect performance when the White Sox conclude their four-game set with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Acquired from Toronto in a deal that sent Edwin Jackson(notes) to the Blue Jays on July 27, Stewart (2-3, 4.56 ERA) has had his moments of success since Chicago called him up from the minors Aug. 6. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in three of his five starts with the White Sox (73-71), including Monday when he took a perfect game into the eighth inning of a 4-0 victory at Minnesota in his eighth career start.

Stewart, who turns 25 this month, finished with a one-hitter and retired 27 of 28 batters while striking out nine.

“It was a lot of fun. It was just one of those things,” said Stewart, 2-2 with a 4.45 ERA as a starter for the White Sox.

With Jake Peavy’s(notes) health a lingering concern and Mark Buehrle’s(notes) return for next year in question, Stewart hopes to keep his name in the mix for a spot in the 2012 rotation.

“It’s good to see for the future,” catcher Tyler Flowers(notes) told the White Sox’s official website. “It’s good to have that kind of arm for the next few years.”

Stewart is making his first start versus Cleveland, but yielded two runs in 4 1-3 innings and struck out seven in two relief appearances against the Indians last month.

He will try to help Chicago to a second straight victory after struggling center fielder Alex Rios(notes) hit a walk-off grand slam Saturday to give the White Sox a 7-3, 10-inning win over Cleveland (71-72). Chicago had left the bases loaded without scoring four times in the game before Rios came through and gave the White Sox their fifth win in the last seven contests.

“Sometimes you get in stretches where you have a hard time scoring runs,” said Rios, who is 13 for 39 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last nine games. “I felt like we had one of those games. We came through.”

Rios is 0 for 3 with a strikeout against scheduled Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) (2-2, 5.27), who allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-7, 14-inning loss at Chicago on Aug. 16. Jimenez has a 4.63 ERA and no record in two starts against the White Sox this season.

The right-hander went 1-1 with a 7.29 ERA in his first four starts after Cleveland acquired him from Colorado at the trade deadline, but has gone 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three. He allowed a three-run homer to Victor Martinez(notes) and one other hit while striking out eight in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Monday.

“That’s hard,” Jimenez said. “You want to make everything perfect. You want to win the game for your team.”

Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome(notes) had two hits Saturday for the Indians and is 4 for 8 in this weekend’s series.

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U. Jiménez Bal vs. Z. Stewart CWS
10-13 Record 2-6
4.68 ERA 5.88
180 K 45
78 BB 18
1.40 WHIP 1.60

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