American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (12-10) at Chicago White Sox (12-12), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (0-2, 5.40)
Chicago - John Danks (2-3, 6.23)
(Sports Network) - Justin Masterson takes aim at his first win of the season
this evening when the Cleveland Indians play the rubber match of their three-
game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Masterson won his first five starts of 2011, but has been unable to find the
win column in five starts this season. However, he pitched well his last time
out on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he allowed two
runs and four hits in 8 1/3 innings, but did not factor in the decision of his
team's 3-2 win.
"We had a lot of opportunities offensively and they stayed in the game," said
Masterson, who is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA this season. "Our guys did great scoring
a couple more runs to tie it up."
Masterson lost to the White Sox back on April 11 and is 3-5 lifetime against
them with a 2.31 ERA in 15 games (11 starts).
Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty John Danks, who is 2-3 this season
with a 6.23 ERA. Danks was awful on Friday against Boston, as he allowed seven
runs, six hits and walked five batters in 5 2/3 innings.
Danks did beat Masterson and the Tribe earlier in the year, but is just 4-7 in
14 starts against them with a 4.90 ERA.
"Everything is kind of coming and going," he said. "We've been working hard
and doing the things we need to do. But I would like to start seeing some
Cleveland avoided its first series loss on the road Wednesday, as it rebounded
from a loss in the opener to take a 6-3 win. Jack Hannahan's go-ahead RBI
double in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in that one, while
Carlos Santana smacked a three-run home run and Travis Hafner provided a two-
run shot for the Indians, who have alternated wins and losses over their last
"It was a good game to win after we felt that we had plenty of opportunities
earlier in the game," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said.
Joe Smith (1-0) picked up the win by tossing a scoreless seventh frame.
Philip Humber, who has struggled since his perfect game on April 21 against
Seattle, allowed three runs on four hits and six walks in six innings for
"I just want to get back to the basics and I think if I could do that, things
are going to get better," Humber said.
Adam Dunn belted a solo homer and Alexei Ramirez added a two-run single for
the White Sox, who have dropped six of their last eight contests.
Johnny Damon made his Indians debut, but after going 0-for-3 left the game
with general cramping in the sixth inning.
"I felt it in my hands, the back, the calves," Damon said on Wednesday night.
"I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.' Sometimes I guess when you get
jacked up and ready to go, this kind of stuff can happen. I plan to be ready
The White Sox, who are 3-1 this season versus the Indians, are 8-3-1 in season
series with the Tribe since 2000.
05/03 10:29:54 ET