Despite losing his chance to win No. 16 against the Royals, after giving up one earned run on five hits over seven innings, Garland remains tied with St. Louis' Chris Carpenter for the most wins in baseball at 15. Josh Towers opposes Garland for Toronto, making his first start against the White Sox this season.
Look for Geoff Blum to get a start at possibly shortstop or third base on Tuesday, after his late arrival on Monday prevented the new acquisition from facing Baltimore.
RHP Josh Towers
7-8, 4.60 ERA in 2005
Did not face CWS in 2004 or '05
RHP Jon Garland
15-4, 3.09 ERA in 2005
1-0, 9.53 ERA vs. TOR in 2005
Player to watch
Corey Koskie has 15 hits in 35 career at-bats against Garland, with one home run and three RBIs. For the White Sox, Jermaine Dye has three hits in 11 at-bats against Towers, including one home run and two RBIs.
"A lot of people said early on that they're going to fall short halfway through the season, stuff like that. But this team has been lucky enough to stay healthy and keep competing. There is no reason that they shouldn't go on, or we shouldn't go on now. From what I've heard and what I've seen, they have a good group of guys here." -- Blum, on an outsider's view, and now insider's view, of the White Sox's incredible season
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Official game notes
TOR: FAN 590
CWS: ESPN Radio WMVP-AM 1000
Jermaine Dye has hit in seven straight games, tying his season high. ... Dustin Hermanson now has recorded 25 saves in 26 opportunities. ... A.J. Pierzynski is 0-for-7, with six strikeouts, in his career against Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan. ... The White Sox have been in first place all 118 days this season, 24 more than their combined total of 94 from 2001 to 2004. ... The White Sox are 22-9-3 in series this season. ... The White Sox are 61-2 when ahead after eight innings. ... The White Sox are 15-6 against the American League East and finished 6-2 against the Orioles. ... They are 36-16 on the road, 50-25 vs. right-handed starters, 1-0 in August and finished 5-2 on this seven-game road trip. ... The White Sox were 54-50 after 104 games last year.
Wednesday: vs. Toronto, 7:05 p.m. CT
Thursday: vs. Toronto, 1:05 p.m. CT
Friday: vs. Seattle, 7:05 p.m. CT