After dropping the series opener to the Red Sox, the White Sox look to come back and even it up with starter Freddy Garcia looking for his 11th win of the season Saturday afternoon.
Garcia, who has said he would like to win at least 20 games this season, could get a head start before the All-Star Break.
He will face a powerful Red Sox lineup and starter Josh Beckett, who also is seeking his 11th win of the season.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen thinks the Red Sox have improved greatly since the White Sox last faced them, sweeping them in the American League Division Series.
"I think they have a better ballclub than they did last year, no doubt," said Guillen. "Their starting rotation, they're real deep. The bullpen, with the kid, [Jonathan] Papelbon. I see this kid throwing on TV. He's amazing. I think they have people throwing real well and they have a better ballclub than in the past."
Guillen was a member of the Marlins coaching staff when Beckett was on the team in 2002 and when they won the World Series with Beckett as MVP in 2003.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (10-4, 4.59 ERA)
Beckett allowed just three runs in seven innings in his last outing on Monday at Tampa Bay, but was the hard-luck loser as Rays starter Scott Kazmir threw a complete-game shutout. Three of the seven hits Beckett scattered were solo homers. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Beckett, who'd allowed just two earned runs in each of those three starts.
CWS: RHP Freddy Garcia (10-5, 4.72 ERA)
Garcia did not get much help from his friends on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, as the White Sox committed three errors and only knocked two hits off of Baltimore's Erik Bedard during an 8-1 loss. But the right-hander also allowed 10 hits over six innings, walking two and striking out two. Garcia makes his last start of the first half against Boston, carrying with him a 6-2 lifetime record and 4.50 ERA when facing the Red Sox, including one complete game.
Player to watch
Trot Nixon is averaging .308 against Garcia in his career. He has two home runs, two triples and a double against him in 26 at-bats. Nixon has reached base in 22 of his last 23 starts.
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Sunday: Boston (Curt Schilling, 10-3, 3.63 ERA) at White Sox (Jose Contreras, 9-0, 3.31 ERA), 1:05 p.m. CT
Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.