Tigers-White Sox Preview

The Associated Press

Though the last-place Chicago White Sox have a dismal record within the AL Central, they're in position to sweep the division leaders at home for the first time in seven years.

Hoping John Danks can end his struggles versus Detroit, the White Sox try to accomplish that feat by handing the Tigers a fourth straight loss Wednesday.

Chicago (46-72) is 15-34 against Central opponents, including 7-17 at home where for only the second time this season it's won consecutive games against a division foe. The White Sox improved to 5-7 versus Detroit (69-49) with a 4-3, 11-inning win Tuesday.

The Tigers have dropped three straight and four of five following a season-high 12-game winning streak.

''We battled again,'' said Max Scherzer, who was denied his 18th win. ''We're playing good baseball. We're playing hard. We're doing a lot of things right."

Chicago, which last swept a home series of at least three games against the Tigers from Aug. 11-13, 2006, has won six of nine on a 10-game stay at U.S. Cellular Field to secure its first winning homestand since it went 5-2 from May 20-27.

Alejandro De Aza delivered the winning single with the bases loaded for the White Sox, who could not hold a 3-1 lead. Avisail Garcia had a two-run double and also scored the winning run against his former team.

Acquired in the three-way deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston, Garcia is 4 for 17 (.235) in five games for the White Sox.

"I'm just trying to do my job, play hard and do something good for my team," he said. "I'm trying to win games."

Danks (2-9, 4.52 ERA) dropped to 0-4 with a 9.79 ERA in his last five starts against the Tigers after yielding solo homers to Torii Hunter, Jose Iglesias and the suspended Jhonny Peralta over seven innings of a 3-0 loss at Comerica Park on Aug. 3.

All but one of the nine runs Danks has allowed in two starts versus Detroit this season have come via six homers.

The left-hander has served up 10 home runs while going 0-4 with a 4.66 ERA in his last seven starts overall. He gave up a solo shot, two other runs and set season highs with nine strikeouts and five walks in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-5 loss to Minnesota on Friday.

Prince Fielder is 5 for 9 with a homer against Danks. With two hits Tuesday, Fielder's hit .324 (11 for 34) the last seven games after going 6 for 41 (.146) the previous 11.

Scheduled Detroit starter Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32) is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his last six starts. That stretch includes three outings versus Chicago where he's gone 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

The right-hander, who allowed four hits over seven scoreless of a 6-2 at win at U.S. Cellular on July 23, is 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last 10 starts against the White Sox.

Detroit has gone to extra innings in each of his last two outings, including a 3-2, 12-inning home win over Chicago in which he gave up a solo homer to Adam Dunn over 7 2-3 innings Aug. 4.

He allowed three runs in five innings of a 4-3, 10-inning loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 5 to snap his four-game home-run stretch and 10-game hitting streak in which he batted .432 with 12 RBIs.

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