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  W: R. Detwiler (2-3)   L: A. Jurado (6-10)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, August 22, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 18,563

Moncada nears return as White Sox open series vs. Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Rangers took two of three from the White Sox at home in June, but are 3-10 on Chicago's South Side since 2015. Texas has a .204/.289/.323 slash line in those games.
  2. The Rangers lead all of MLB with 93 hits since August 14, and have six games with at least 10 hits out of those nine contests. From August 1-13, Texas' 69 hits were the second-fewest in MLB (Seattle, 53), and it only had one game with at least 10 hits out of those 11 contests.
  3. The Rangers' Willie Calhoun has six two-hit games in his last eight contests after recording six multi-hit games in his previous 39 contests. The White Sox send lefty Ross Detwiler to the mound in the opener, and Calhoun has 9 hits including a pair of homers in his last 16 at-bats against southpaws.
  4. The Rangers' Lance Lynn, who starts on Friday, is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four career starts at Guaranteed Rate Field. This season, he is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven starts against AL Central teams compared to 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA in his other 19 starts.
  5. Chicago's Tim Anderson leads MLB with 35 hits this month, and is batting .486 (17-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak. He notched his 120th hit Wednesday in his 92nd game, the first White Sox shortstop with 120 hits in his first 92 games in a season since Hall of Famer Luke Appling in 1940.
  6. Jose Abreu's 29 hits in August rank sixth in MLB while his 22 RBI are one shy of the Reds' Aristides Aquino for the most in the majors. Since his 2014 rookie season, Abreu is second in the majors with 195 August hits (Braves' Ender Inciarte, 196) and third in August RBI with 106.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Nearing the end of a trying stretch of 27 games in 27 days, the Chicago White Sox may welcome a vital reinforcement back for the stretch run when they open a four-game series against the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Out since July 31 due to a right hamstring strain, third baseman Yoan Moncada is close to a return from the injured list after a successful rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte, Chicago manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday.

"We were wanting him to get through (Tuesday's) game," Renteria said. "I'm sure we'll have some sort of move here in the near future."

Moncada batted .409 (9-for-22) with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs in five games for Charlotte while playing progressively deeper into games at third base. He began his rehab stint Aug. 16 as a designated hitter.

Fresh off a series victory against the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins, the White Sox would appreciate the offensive boost.

Much of the rest of the lineup is heating up, particularly shortstop Tim Anderson, who is batting .407 (35-for-86) in August after missing more than a month due to a high right ankle sprain.

"At the end of the day, you have to keep yourself how you are, but you have to make adjustments," White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "He understood the adjustments he needed to make, he made them and stuck with them."

White Sox lefty Ross Detwiler (1-3, 6.10 ERA) will look to rebound from a string of recent rough outings as he makes his 12th appearance and seventh start on Thursday. Detwiler is 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two career outings against the Rangers, both of them starts in 2016.

Right-hander Ariel Jurado (6-9, 5.38 ERA) is set to get the call for the Rangers in his second outing of the season against the White Sox. Pitching June 21 in Arlington, Texas, Jurado took a no-decision after allowing four runs and six hits in six innings with one walk and three strikeouts during an eventual 5-4 Rangers loss.

In his most recent outing, also at home, Jurado surrendered eight runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in two innings during Texas' 12-7 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Each of the six runs Jurado yielded in the first inning were unearned after he dropped a throw to first base that would have completed an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play without any Twins crossing home plate.

"We let one mistake snowball into a bunch of runs," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "Those are things that when we get into a mode where we are a contender, we have to be able to stop the bleeding in those moments. You give a good team an extra out. You have to make them pay, and we have to get on the flip side of that."

Jurado is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against Chicago, striking out five in 10 2/3 innings.

The Rangers took two of three from the White Sox during a home series June 21-23. A victory in the middle game of the series sparked Texas to a season-high six-game winning streak.

Texas scored four unanswered runs to close its Wednesday game and earn an 8-7, walk-off victory against the Los Angeles Angels. Hunter Pence's ninth-inning single scored Elvis Andrus with the deciding run, giving the Rangers their third win -- all in walk-off fashion -- in the four-game series.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 22, 2019

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