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White Sox-Indians Preview

May 10, 2009 - 11:35 PM By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer

Chicago (14-15) at Cleveland (11-20), 7:05 p.m. EDT

The last time Carl Pavano faced the Chicago White Sox, he was enjoying the best season of his career.

The Cleveland Indians right-hander has shown a return to that previous form this month after four trying years with the New York Yankees and will look to get a three-game series against the visiting White Sox off to a strong start Monday night.

Pavano's three-hit shutout against Chicago on June 16, 2004, was part of an 18-8 campaign with the Florida Marlins, and the right-hander parlayed that season into a four-year contract from the Yankees worth nearly $40 million.

Pavano (2-3, 6.61 ERA) finished with nine wins in his injury-plagued seasons in New York before agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Cleveland in January.

The beginning of his Indians tenure looked like more of the same from his disappointing Yankees days as he gave up 19 runs during an 0-3 start, but Pavano has bounced back in May with consecutive wins, allowing two runs in each.

"The things I've been through the last few years with the injuries, I was able to put it behind me," he said following Wednesday night's 9-2 victory at Boston.

To win a third consecutive start, Pavano could use a better effort from the Indians' hitters. Cleveland broke a 20-inning scoreless streak Sunday but managed little else until the final inning of a 5-3 loss to visiting Detroit - the team's fourth straight defeat and fourth in a row at home.

The Indians (11-21) scored twice in the ninth and had the potential winning run at the plate in Shin-Soo Choo, who flied out to end the game. During its skid, Cleveland has plated six runs while batting .120 (3 for 25) with runners in scoring position and striking out 33 times.

"I know we're a better team for this," manager Eric Wedge, whose team has the major league's worst record, told the Indians' official Web site. "We're trying to help them get better. This is a gut check for us."

The White Sox (14-16) endured their own hitting woes in a series loss to visiting Texas with four runs and 13 hits over the three games. In Sunday's 7-1 defeat - the sixth in eight games, Chicago tied a season low with two hits and scored its lone run on a wild pitch in the second inning.

"We are definitely not anywhere close to hitting on all cylinders," first baseman Paul Konerko said. "You just keep grinding, that's all you can say. We're not good right now. We just need to get better."

To start a seven-game road trip, Chicago will look to Gavin Floyd (2-2, 6.29) to help snap a four-game slide away from home. Floyd, who hasn't earned a victory since April 19, won both of his starts last season against the Indians.

While going 0-1 in his last three starts, the right-hander has given up 14 earned runs in 15 1-3 innings.

Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who had three singles Saturday after two days off because of a .127 average in his previous 15 games, has two doubles and two home runs in nine career at-bats against Floyd.

The White Sox won 11 of 18 games in the series last season, but were 4-5 at Progressive Field.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 12 0
    CLEVELAND 2 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 x 9 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - GAVIN FLOYD, JIMMY GOBBLE (6TH), LANCE BROADWAY (6TH) AND A.J.
    PIERZYNSKI
    CLE - CARL PAVANO, AARON LAFFEY (7TH), RAFAEL
    BETANCOURT (9TH) AND KELLY SHOPPACH


    May 11 10:01 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, J FIELDS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    CLEVELAND 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C GETZ (.280, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox 4, Indians 9  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 9:17 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH FIELDS SCORED PAUL KONERKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J FIELDS ON FIRST, A PIERZYNSKI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    CLEVELAND 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.194, 0-FOR-2, RBI)

    White Sox 3, Indians 9  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 9:15 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN GARKO SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: B FRANCISCO (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 2, Indians 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 9:08 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, M DEROSA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: D DELLUCCI (.242, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox 2, Indians 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 9:04 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V MARTINEZ ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.275, 2-FOR-3, 3 RBI)

    White Sox 2, Indians 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 8:57 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ALEXEI RAMIREZ SCORED PAUL KONERKO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: C GETZ (.284, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 2, Indians 6  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 11 8:38 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED JIM THOME.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    CLEVELAND 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J FIELDS (.250, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 1, Indians 6  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 11 8:34 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ AND
    SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, M DEROSA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: D DELLUCCI (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 0, Indians 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 11 8:27 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED KELLY SHOPPACH AND ASDRUBAL
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S CHOO ON FIRST, V MARTINEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M DEROSA (.242, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    White Sox 0, Indians 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 11 8:24 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M DEROSA ON SECOND, S CHOO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.229, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Indians 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 7:23 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON FIRST, V MARTINEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M DEROSA (.238, 6 HR, 21 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Indians 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 7:21 PM