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Wednesday, May 28th (All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (24-29) at Chicago White Sox (27-27), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) Chicago - Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox are making sure that the Cleveland Indians' recent domination of this matchup is a thing of the past.
The White Sox eye a sweep on Wednesday evening as they conclude a three-game series with the visiting Tribe.
Cleveland dominated Chicago a season ago, winning 17 of the 19 meetings overall and nine of the 10 contests played in the Windy City.
In fact, the Indians won the final 14 encounters of 2013, but the White Sox have grabbed the early edge in this series by claiming six of the first nine meetings of this season. That includes the first two of this series, putting Chicago in position for its first home sweep in this rivalry since a three- game set from Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2010.
The White Sox claimed a 2-1 victory in last night's rain-soaked encounter. The game was delayed twice due to rain, which first pushed the start time back 35 minutes before an in-game delay of nearly two hours before the start of the fourth.
That delay knocked Chicago starter Chris Sale and Tribe hurler Justin Masterson out of the game. Sale had allowed just one walk with four strikeouts in three innings of work, while Masterson was credited with the loss as he yielded Conor Gillaspie's RBI single in the third.
Gordon Beckham added a fifth-inning homer for the White Sox, winners in six of their past nine, while Scott Carroll got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.
"It was a nice job by the bullpen again," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "A good job in some unsavory circumstances."
Cleveland got a run late, but could not avoid a third straight setback and fourth in five games.
"It was a long day," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "It's a shorter day if we win. We had some opportunities, but we just couldn't push that run across."
Francona's long day included seeing catcher Carlos Santana placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and slugger Nick Swisher landing on the 15- day DL with a hyperextended left knee.
However, the Indians are expected to have second baseman Jason Kipnis back in the lineup tonight. He is slated to be activated from the DL and play for the first time since being sidelined on May 2 due to a strained right oblique.
"I can't ever think of a good time not to get Kip back," Francona told his team's website. "He's turned himself into one of the better players in the league, the way he approaches the game. I don't care if it's Sept. 30th or Spring Training. Having Kip back is great."
Francona will send T.J. House to the hill on Wednesday for the left-hander's third career appearance and second start.
House's MLB debut came in relief versus Oakland on May 17 and he made a start on Friday against Baltimore, taking the loss for allowing five runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings.
"My goal is to go as long as I can," the 24-year-old said. "I did the best I could. I got six innings and (the coaches) were a little happy with that but I feel like I could do a better job."
The White Sox counter with Hector Noesi, who is still aiming for his first win of the season.
Noesi is 0-4 this year with a 6.82 earned run average in 11 total appearances with three different teams. The 27-year-old righty is 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA in six games (5 starts) since joining the White Sox.
Following back-to-back losses, Noesi did not factor into a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Friday. He yielded three runs on four hits and five walks in six frames.
Noesi has faced the Indians twice before, once as a starter, and has a 4.15 ERA without a decision.
05/28 10:40:52 ET
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