Series: Game 3 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 2-1 (as of 4/27)

Game 1: Friday, April 25
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Chi White Sox9
Game 2: Saturday, April 26
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Chi White Sox0
Game 3: Sunday, April 27
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Chi White Sox9
Game 4: Monday, April 28
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Chi White Sox7

Rays 2

(11-14, 4-7 away)

White Sox 9

(13-13, 8-5 home)

    2:10 PM ET, April 27, 2014

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: S. Carroll (1-0)

    L: D. Price (3-2)

    Rays-White Sox Preview


    Back on track from a rough outing for the Tampa Bay Rays, David Price can focus on continuing his recent success against the Chicago White Sox.

    The left-hander looks for a fifth consecutive winning start over the White Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Price (3-1, 4.04 ERA) posted a 4.88 ERA in losing his first four career starts versus Chicago (12-13), but has a 1.71 ERA while winning his last four. He tossed a complete game during a 3-1 home victory in his last appearance against the White Sox on July 7.

    The Tampa Bay ace allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings of a 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees on April 17, then gave up three on two homers and struck out 12 while recording his ninth career complete game in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Minnesota.

    "He's a good pitcher," Minnesota's Chris Colabello, who hit a two-run homer off Price in that one, told the Rays' official website. "Obviously, his reputation precedes him."

    Perhaps Price's biggest accomplishment on the night came when he wasn't injured after being hit in his protective cup by a line drive.

    "I'm extremely lucky," Price said. "If that ball is two feet up, it's in my face or my throat. I was very fortunate."

    He'll try to help Tampa Bay (11-13) to a second consecutive victory after it snapped a three-game slide with a 4-0 win Saturday.

    James Loney had three hits with one RBI and Cesar Ramos and two relievers held the White Sox to five hits as the Rays bounced back after allowing five runs in the ninth inning of a 9-6 loss Friday.

    Tampa Bay has won six of seven versus Chicago.

    "I'm really proud of the guys after a really difficult loss (Friday) night to come back and play as well as we did and shut them out," said manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected in the eighth Saturday for arguing a check-swing call on Chicago's Adam Eaton.

    Loney is batting .471 (16 for 34) with 10 RBIs in his last eight games. He's 13 for 26 in his last seven at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Jose Abreu, who hit a game-winning grand slam Friday, went 0 for 4 for the White Sox, who entered Saturday's contest averaging 5.6 runs. The three hits the first-year Cuban slugger recorded Friday are his only ones in 15 at-bats over the last three games.

    With ace Chris Sale on the disabled list because of a flexor muscle strain in his left arm and his replacement Charlie Leesman now pitching in the minors, Chicago will call up Scott Carroll to make his major-league debut Sunday.

    The 29-year-old right-hander, who underwent elbow surgery in 2012, was 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season.

    "He's doing pretty good down in Triple-A," manager Robin Ventura told the White Sox's official website. "For us, it's 'give the guy a shot.'"

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    Gameday Matchup

     Tampa BayChicago
    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    Tampa BayChicago
    D. Price
    15-12, 3.26 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs MIN
    7.1 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win
    S. Carroll
    5-10, 4.80 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs KC
    3.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Tampa BayChicago
    1. B. Zobrist, 2B A. Eaton, CF
    2. D. Jennings, CF M. Semien, 3B
    3. M. Joyce, LF J. Abreu, DH
    4. E. Longoria, 3B D. Viciedo, RF
    5. J. Loney, 1B P. Konerko, 1B
    6. W. Myers, RF A. Ramirez, SS
    7. D. DeJesus, DH A. De Aza, LF
    8. Y. Escobar, SS T. Flowers, C
    9. J. Molina, C G. Beckham, 2B

    Research Notes

    Jose Abreu's April is almost as good as Frank Thomas' best career month in terms of HR and RBI combined.
    From Elias: Jose Abreu is the 6th rookie with at least 10 HR and 30 RBI in a calendar month.
    Jose Abreu has set the rookie record for RBI in March/April (31).

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