Game Preview: White Sox, John Danks try for series win


Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) is greeted in the dugout after a home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The winner of Wednesday night’s interleague game between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers will gain the series win, as each team has won one game of the first two.

For the White Sox, they won on Tuesday by a 4-1 score with Hector Noesi gaining his first win of the season. The Dodgers won the first game Monday night by a 5-2 score with Clayton Kershaw being the benefactor of five unearned runs allowed by the White Sox.

As for Wednesday’s starters, John Danks (3-5, 4.66 ERA) has 13 innings against the Dodgers in his career with a 1-1 record and 2.08 ERA with eight strikeouts.

Chone Figgins has 24 career at-bats against Danks with just a .167 batting average, while Drew Butera of the Dodgers has seven at-bats with a 1.43 ERA. None of the current Dodger players have a hit or RBI against Danks.

In his past three starts in games against the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres (19.2 innings pitched), Danks is 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

The Dodgers are sending veteran Josh Beckett to the mound. Two starts ago, Beckett tossed a no-hitter. Currently, he is 3-2 overall with an ERA under 3.00 at 2.52.

In his past 19 innings pitched (three starts), Beckett is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA with 17 strikeouts.

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Beckett has 55.1 innings pitched against the White Sox, as he is 4-3 overall with a 3.74 ERA with 60 strikeouts. Adam Dunn has a home run against Beckett in his career, and Alexei Ramirez has two RBIs in 13 at-bats against Beckett.

The game will be aired on CSN and on MLB.TV for out-of-market viewers. On the radio, the game can be listened to on 670 WSCR and MLB Audio on the internet.

Chicago White Sox (30-30)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Adam Dunn (LF)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Alejandro De Aza (RF)
7. Tyler Flowers (C)
8. Leury Garcia (3B)
9. John Danks (P)

Los Angeles Dodgers (31-29)
1. Dee Gordon (2B)
2. Yasiel Puig (RF)
3. Hanley Ramirez (SS)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
5. Matt Kemp (LF)
6. Scott Van Slyke (CF)
7. Justin Turner (3B)
8. Drew Butera (C)
9. Josh Beckett (P)