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Indians seek sixth consecutive home triumph vs. White Sox

Sep 27, 2006 - 3:01 PM Chi White Sox (87-71) at Cleveland (74-83) 7:05 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Indians have turned the tables on the Chicago White Sox at Jacobs Field.

The Indians shoot for a sixth straight home triumph against the White Sox when the teams play Wednesday's finale of a three-game series.

Cleveland has outscored Chicago, 20-1, in winning the first two games of this series, improving to 6-1 in the last seven meetings here. The White Sox had won their previous eight contests at Jacobs Field dating to last year.

Seeking a fifth straight victory overall, the Indians give the ball to Fausto Carmona (1-9, 5.64). The rookie righthander has lost nine consecutive decisions since winning his major league debut at Detroit on April 15.

In his first start since being recalled from Class AAA Buffalo, Carmona surrendered five runs and seven hits in three innings of a 10-8 loss at Chicago on September 9. In two starts since, he has allowed just three runs and eight hits in 11 frames.

The White Sox counter with Brandon McCarthy (3-7, 4.88), whose most recent win also came against the Tigers more than three months ago. McCarthy, who has gone 0-4 since posting a relief win vs. Detroit on June 6, is making his first start since allowing three runs in four innings of a 10-7 loss at Tampa Bay on May 16.

McCarthy began the campaign with four scoreless innings against the Indians. In his last five appearances vs. Cleveland, however, the 6-7 righthander has been pounded for 12 runs and 11 hits in 2 2/3 frames.

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