Game Preview: Chicago White Sox back home; host Detroit Tigers


June 8, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder

Alejandro De Aza

(30) scores a run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox look to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game Monday night, as they return home to host the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series.

The White Sox have a tough battle on their hands, facing Rick Porcello, a RHP, who has an overall record of 8-3 on the season (3.69 ERA).

The White Sox will send Hector Noesi, a RHP to the mound. Noesi is 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA this season.

In 111.1 innings pitched against the White Sox, Porcello is 9-5 with a 3.88 ERA with 60 strikeouts. Porcello in his last 18 innings pitched has struggled as he is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA and just 12 strikeouts.

The player to watch for in the game at the plate is Gordon Beckham who is batting .414 against Porcello in 29 career at-bats.

In those at-bats Beckham has one home run and five RBIs.

Paul Konerko also has five RBIs against the Tigers’ starter and one home run in 40 at-bats, but isn’t in tonight’s starting lineup.

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Conor Gillaspie is batting .412 in 17 career at-bats against Porcello with three RBIs. Gillaspie also has a home run against in those at-bats.

Noesi has pitched just 8.2 innings (four strikeouts) against the Tigers in his career, where he is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA.

The Tigers have a 4.5 game lead over the White Sox entering this series, as Detroit leads the AL Central with a 33-26 mark. The Sox are 31-33. The White Sox were just swept by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The game will air on CSN with a start time of 7:10 CDT,(8:10 p.m. EDT) and on MLB.TV for out-of-market viewers.

Here are the starting lineups for Monday, June 9:

Chicago White Sox (31-33)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
4. Jose Abreu (1B)
5. Adam Dunn (DH)
6. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
7. Dayan Viciedo (LF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (RF)
9. Tyler Flowers (C)

Detroit Tigers (33-26)
1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
2. Don Kelly (RF)
3. Miguel Cabrera (DH)
4. Victor Martinez (1B)
5. J.D. Martinez (LF)
6. Nick Castellanos (3B)
7. Austin Jackson (CF)
8. Alex Avila (C)
9. Eugenio Suarez (SS)