Indians at White Sox
The Chicago White Sox attempt to win a four-game series against American League Central-leading Cleveland when they host the Indians on Thursday afternoon for the series finale. Chicago has won the last two contests after losing the series opener and is looking for its fourth victory in five games.
The White Sox posted a 3-2 triumph on Wednesday despite registering only four hits while Cleveland's frustrated offense racked up 14. However, the Indians were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, while two of Chicago's hits drove in runs - a triple by Charlie Tilson and a single by Kevan Smith. Michael Brantley collected three hits on Wednesday to raise his batting average to .322 after being just 9-for-44 over his previous 11 games. The White Sox are 12-20 at home, having won nine of their last 14 after they opened the season by losing 15 of their first 18 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), NBCS Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.31 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Carlos Rodon (0-1, 3.60)
Clevinger settled for a no-decision against Detroit in his last turn after giving up two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old has recorded just one victory over his last five turns, a triumph over the White Sox on May 29 in which he allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 frames. Clevinger is 1-2 with a 4.29 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) versus Chicago.
Rodon is making his second start of the season after missing the first two-plus months due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old worked five innings against Boston in his season debut on Saturday, when he gave up four runs - two earned - and six hits while suffering the loss. Rodon is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against Cleveland and has shut down Brantley (2-for-14).
1. White Sox RF Daniel Palka is 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts in the series.
2. Cleveland LHP Andrew Miller (knee) threw his third bullpen session in six days and will face live batters in his next workout.
3. Chicago placed Nate Jones (forearm) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Juan Minaya from Triple-A Charlotte.