Series: Game 1 of 3

Series starts Fri 7/12

Game 1: Friday, July 12
Chi White SoxPostponed
Game 1: Saturday, July 13
Chi White Sox5Final
in 11
Game 2: Saturday, July 13
Chi White Sox1Final
in 13
Game 3: Sunday, July 14
Chi White Sox3Final
in 10

Coverage:  CSN

7:05 PM ET, July 12, 2013

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Starting Pitchers

Chicago: Danks (4-14, 4.75 ERA)

Philadelphia: Pettibone (5-4, 4.04 ERA)

White Sox-Phillies Preview


The Chicago White Sox have had a miserable season -- particularly offensively -- but their lineup seemed to find a groove while winning a road series this week.

Chicago will try to continue its hot hitting against a rookie pitcher who's been on a run of his own lately, as Jonathan Pettibone looks to win his third straight start when the Philadelphia Phillies host the White Sox on Friday night.

Chicago is second-to-last in baseball with 336 runs, and its .301 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage are also near the bottom.

The last-place White Sox (36-53), though, scored 22 runs while taking two of three from AL Central-leading Detroit, winning 6-3 on Thursday behind Josh Phegley's grand slam. The homer was Phegley's third in five games since making his big league debut.

Chicago hit .358 for the series, bolstered by Alex Rios' 6-for-6 performance in an 11-4 victory Tuesday. Alejandro De Aza was 7 for 14 and scored five runs while Dayan Viciedo drove in five.

The 22 runs were the most Chicago has scored in a series this year.

"You just keep going. It's a good feeling," manager Robin Ventura told the team's official website. "As low as it has been, you can have a series like this and beat a really good team."

Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts and won the past two, matching a season high with six strikeouts in each. He limited the Braves to one run over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 win Sunday.

The right-hander has had mixed results in two interleague starts, posting a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA.

John Danks (0-2, 4.15) has gone 1-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.53 ERA in that span. Danks, who gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 road loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, has received six runs of support in the three games.

Danks has gone 7-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career interleague starts, but 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three such outings this season.

The left-hander takes on a Phillies team that just took three of four at home from Washington, capped by a 3-1 win Thursday. Philadelphia (46-47) is on the verge of being .500 for the first time since it was 31-31 on June 7.

"It's a big win for us," said Kyle Kendrick, who gave up one run in seven innings.

Left-handed hitting Ben Revere, who went 2 for 4 on Thursday and is batting .436 during a nine-game hit streak, has a .455 average against lefties in his last 11 games. He's batting .362 against those pitchers this season.

Delmon Young, 0 for 3 for a second straight game, is batting .372 with two homers and four doubles off Danks.

The status of the White Sox's Alexei Ramirez is uncertain after he left Thursday's game with a cramp in his right leg. Ramirez, who has started all 89 games this season, is 7 for 18 over his last four contests.

"I'm going to wait until tomorrow, but I always come to the park to play," he told the team's official website. "I feel good after I got treatment and stuff like that."

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakL1L1
Last 103-72-8

Pitching Matchup

J. Danks
4-14, 4.75 ERA

Last Game:
9/18 vs MIN
7.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = Loss
J. Pettibone
5-4, 4.04 ERA

Last Game:
7/28 at DET
5.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

1. A. De Aza, CF B. Revere, CF
2. A. Ramirez, SS J. Rollins, SS
3. A. Rios, RF M. Young, 3B
4. A. Dunn, 1B D. Brown, LF
5. D. Viciedo, LF D. Young, RF
6. C. Gillaspie, 3B K. Frandsen, 2B
7. J. Phegley, C D. Ruf, 1B
8. G. Beckham, 2B C. Ruiz, C
9. J. Danks, P J. Pettibone, P