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Red Sox-White Sox Preview

Sep 4, 2009 - 4:01 AM By MATT BROWN STATS Editor

Boston (77-55) at Chicago (65-69), 8:11 p.m. EDT

As recently as Memorial Day, Paul Byrd and Freddy Garcia were both out of baseball, and it appeared neither might pitch in the majors again. Fast forward to Labor Day weekend, and the veteran right-handers will oppose each other in a game with playoff implications.

Byrd seeks his second straight win since returning to the majors for the Boston Red Sox, who will face Garcia in the opener of a four-game road series against a Chicago White Sox club looking to play the spoiler.

Despite leading the AL wild-card race, the Red Sox (78-55) found themselves in dire need of starting pitching help after Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka went down with injuries and veterans John Smoltz and Brad Penny struggled so much that Boston released them. Enter Byrd (1-0, 0.00 ERA), a 15th-year veteran of seven teams who spent the first four months of the season in retirement until the Red Sox signed him to a minor league contract Aug. 5.

"I'm throwing to a 13 and under team and the Red Sox called and I say, 'I don't know how long I'll take to get ready,"' Byrd recalled.

It took less than a month before Boston purchased his contract and put him into the rotation for a start against Toronto on Sunday. The 38-year-old right-hander responded with six innings of three-hit ball in a 7-0 victory.

"I'm just so excited to be back. I want a World Series ring," said Byrd, who is 8-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 15 starts against the White Sox. "Hopefully I can help this team get there. I'll clean toilets if I have to, and I told them that."

The White Sox (66-69), meanwhile, have seen their World Series hopes go down the drain. The reigning AL Central champions fell out of serious contention during a 3-8 road trip which began with three losses in four games at Boston from Aug. 24-26. Though they won the last two games, 4-2 on Tuesday in Minnesota and 5-0 over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in a makeup game at Wrigley Field, the White Sox are seven games back of Detroit for the division lead.

"I never thought we were going to collapse in two weeks the way that we did because if you look at the lineup every day, it's a pretty good lineup," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Released by the New York Mets in April and signed to a minor-league deal by the White Sox in June, Garcia (0-2, 5.94) has yet to win in three starts since making it back to the majors Aug. 18. The right-hander's best outing came against the Red Sox on Aug. 25, when he allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings but did not get a decision in a 6-3 defeat.

Garcia is 6-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 career starts against Boston.

The Red Sox arrive in Chicago after winning two of three in Tampa Bay, including a 6-3 victory Thursday night. Jason Bay doubled twice and drove in two runs, and Rocco Baldelli homered as Boston increased its wild-card lead to three games over Texas.

Last month's series improved Boston to 14-4 in its last 18 games against the White Sox. The Red Sox have outscored Chicago 138-59 in those contests.








  • White Sox 12, Red Sox 2 - FINAL
    BOSTON ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Ellsbury cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .297
    B Anderson cf 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .234
    D Pedroia 2b 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .296
    N Green 3b 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .235
    V Martinez 1b 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .293
    C Kotchman 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .205
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    Sep 4 11:09 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GEORGE KOTTARAS SCORED JOEY GATHRIGHT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G KOTTARAS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 12 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A GONZALEZ (.286, 1-FOR-3)

    Red Sox 2, White Sox 12  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 4 11:07 PM
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    Red Sox 1, White Sox 12  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 4 9:53 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT PODSEDNIK SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ AND CHRIS
    GETZ
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, S PODSEDNIK ON FIRST, A RIOS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 12 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: G BECKHAM (.275, 1-FOR-3)

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 12  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 4 9:43 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ SCORED MARK KOTSAY
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, C GETZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 10 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RIOS (.249, 0-FOR-2)

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 10  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 4 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS GETZ SCORED PAUL KONERKO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GETZ ON FIRST, M KOTSAY ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.280, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 4 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS QUENTIN SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M KOTSAY ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 8 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C GETZ (.271, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 4 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN YOUKILIS SCORED DUSTIN PEDROIA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K YOUKILIS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D ORTIZ (.225, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 1, White Sox 7  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 4 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ SCORED CHRIS GETZ AND MARK KOTSAY
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RIOS (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 0, White Sox 7  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 9:06 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS GETZ SCORED PAUL KONERKO
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C GETZ ON SECOND, M KOTSAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.279, 0-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 0, White Sox 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 9:04 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK KOTSAY SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M KOTSAY ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.232, 1-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 0, White Sox 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 9:00 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED GORDON BECKHAM
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.281, 1-FOR-1)

    Red Sox 0, White Sox 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 4 8:56 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK KOTSAY (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF PAUL BYRD SCORED PAUL KONERKO.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0, CHI WHITE SOX 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C QUENTIN (.230, 15 HR, 36 RBI)

    Red Sox 0, White Sox 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 4 8:38 PM