American League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, August 18 (All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (70-52) at Chicago White Sox (59-65), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Bud Norris (10-7, 3.75) Chicago - Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01)
(SportsNetwork.com - The Baltimore Orioles hope to put their first series loss since mid-July behind them on Monday night when they play the first of three in a row against the Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles had not lost a set since dropping two of three to Oakland from July 18-20, winning eight straight series before dropping the first two of a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Baltimore was able to avoid the sweep, and its first three-game slide since late May, with a 4-1 win on Sunday.
Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, with Gausman also walking four and giving up a run over six innings of work.
"I feel like if (the) starters can go five innings with the lead, we have a really good chance of getting a win," said Gausman. "We have guys out there that can go multiple innings on back-to-back days and then we also have our stoppers."
Chris Davis hit a go-ahead RBI double and Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop each belted solo homers for the AL East leaders. Baltimore owns a seven-game edge over the second-place New York Yankees.
Bud Norris gets the start tonight for the Orioles and won his second straight outing last Monday with an 11-3 decision over the Yankees. He lasted five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk.
The 29-year-old righty is 10-7 with a 3.75 earned run average on the year and has lost only twice in his past nine decisions.
Norris, though, has lost both of his previous career starts versus the White Sox with a 6.97 ERA.
Baltimore faces a tough task tonight going up against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who is 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA on the year.
Though Sale is 0-1 over his past three starts, he was in top form in Tuesday's no-decision versus the San Francisco Giants. He struck out 12 batters over eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball, walking two.
However, Chicago needed 10 innings to record a 3-2 win.
The 25-year-old did not get a decision on June 23 versus the O's, yielding two runs and 11 hits over six innings. That left Sale 0-1 in eight lifetime encounters with Baltimore, including two starts, with a 5.28 ERA.
The White Sox won the rubber match of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday by a 7-5 margin. Conor Gillaspie hit a grand slam to power the offense.
Jordan Danks added a two-run homer and finished with three RBI, while Alejandro De Aza had two hits and a run scored for the White Sox, who have won five of their last six games against the Blue Jays.
"I felt like we did a good job during the whole game of competing out there and grinding out at-bats," said Gillaspie. "That ended up being the key in the first inning."
Scott Carroll (5-7) earned the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings.
The Orioles won two of three versus the White Sox at home from June 23-25 and have claimed five of the past seven meetings overall.
08/18 10:40:29 ET