Orioles-White Sox Preview

The Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles are a bit disappointed they didn't sweep their first road series but pleased they still managed to win it.

After all, they only won five road series all of last season, although one came in Chicago.

The Orioles try to build on an encouraging start to a 10-game trip when they open a four-game set Monday night against a White Sox team hoping to bounce back from its first loss in five contests.

After winning the first two games in Toronto, Baltimore fell 9-2 in Sunday's finale. Adam Jones hit his third homer of the season and the Orioles led 2-1 before the Blue Jays erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning.

Despite missing the chance to sweep, Baltimore (5-4) won a series in Toronto for the first time since June 2008.

"It's still awesome winning a series here since we hadn't won one since '08, but if you get two, you want the three," Jones told the Orioles' official website. "Still, saying that, we were happy we won a series up here. So we build on that and go to Chicago."

The Orioles, who were tied with Minnesota for the league's third-worst road record last season at 30-51, took three of four at U.S. Cellular Field from April 29-May 2.

The White Sox (5-3) had the AL's second-worst home record a year ago at 36-45. Their home schedule began this weekend with back-to-back victories over Detroit before a 5-2 loss 5-2 in Sunday's series finale, snapping a four-game winning streak.

"We didn't play poorly or anything," Paul Konerko told Chicago's official website. "They have a good team, so we'll take the two out of three and just move on."

Konerko has been the offensive catalyst in the early going, hitting safely in all eight games while batting .387 with a homer, four doubles and seven RBIs. He hit .310 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in helping Chicago split eight games against Baltimore last year.

Konerko is 1 for 6 lifetime against scheduled starter Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.63 ERA).

After allowing two hits in seven shutout innings to beat Minnesota in his season debut, Arrieta gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings of Wednesday's 6-4, 10-inning loss to the New York Yankees.

This will be the right-hander's first road outing of the season after going 5-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 11 starts away from Baltimore last year.

Arrieta won his lone start against the White Sox in 2011, allowing three runs in five innings of a 10-4 road victory April 29.

Chicago counters with Phil Humber, who is set to make his season debut after the game he was scheduled to start Tuesday in Cleveland was postponed by bad weather.

In his first season as a starting pitcher last year, Humber went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 28 appearances. In two starts against Baltimore, he was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA, surrendering homers to J.J. Hardy and Jones.

Hardy is 4 for 4 lifetime against the right-hander, and he hit .444 with two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs in four games against the White Sox last season - all in Baltimore.

Jones has hit safely in all nine games this year, batting .343.

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