White Sox host Red Sox for four

White Sox host Red Sox for four

Four months ago, things were looking good for both the White Sox and the Red Sox. Winners of two of the last three World Series, the two clubs were poised to compete for the American League crown.

But things have gone different ways for the two squads since breaking Spring Training. The Red Sox have put up the best record in Major League Baseball, while the White Sox have struggled to stay out of last place in the American League Central.

Pitching has been the main thing separating the two teams this season. The Red Sox are tops in the AL, entering Wednesday's play, with a 3.78 team ERA. The White Sox, on the other hand, rank 13th in the league with a 4.83 team mark.

The South Siders are still hoping to climb to .500 as the season winds to a close, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen knows that will be no easy task.

"The way we play all year long, I wish," said Guillen of pulling even before the end of the campaign. "That's our goal. That's all hope. The way we play, so inconsistent, it's hard for me to predict what we are going to do."

The Sox will get four cracks at Boston at U.S. Cellular Field to wrap up the season series between the two clubs. The Red Sox won three of four over the White Sox in a four-game set at Fenway Park in late July.

Pitching matchup
CWS: LHP John Danks (6-11, 5.30 ERA)
Danks has had a hard time over his last few starts, going 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA in his last six outings. Fatigue could be to blame for Danks, who has never pitched a full season in the big leagues and has already thrown 127 1/3 innings in 2007. The rookie faced the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 21, taking the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings. Boston went on to win that game, 11-2.

BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (15-5, 3.15 ERA)
Beckett has been one of the top pitchers and has a league-best 15 wins to prove it. He is coming off of a strong performance against the Angels when he gave up just one run in seven innings but took a no-decision. He faced the White Sox in Boston on July 20 and earned a win, giving up three earned runs in six innings.

Player to watch
Jim Thome has had quite a history against Beckett, hitting only .222 (6-for-27) in his career against the Boston right-hander. But the White Sox slugger has also hit three home runs against Beckett and driven in eight runs.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• CSN

On radio
• WSCR 670

Up next
• Friday: White Sox (Jon Garland, 8-9, 4.84) vs. Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 7-5, 4.25), 7:11 p.m. CT
• Saturday: White Sox (Mark Buehrle, 9-8, 3.42) vs. Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 15-10, 4.35), 2:55 p.m. CT
• Sunday: White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 11-6, 3.66) vs. Red Sox (Jon Lester, 2-0, 5.67), 1:05 p.m. CT

Alex Gyr is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.