Rangers at White Sox
The Chicago White Sox own the worst record in the majors at 10-29, which also represents the most horrific 39-game start in franchise history. Chicago will look to avoid its 10th setback in the past 11 games when it opens a four-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
The White Sox have allowed an average of 6.7 runs over their past 10 games, so Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was at least progress from a pitching perspective. Chicago has dropped five straight home games to fall to a major-league worst 3-15 in that category as it begins an eight-game homestand. Texas halted a three-game slide in which it allowed 21 runs by posting a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Rangers slugger Joey Gallo struck out three times for the third time in four games and is just 2-for-26 with 14 strikeouts over the past seven games.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Texas), NBCS Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA) vs. White Sox RH James Shields (1-4, 5.44)
Hamels ended a six-start winless stretch when he tossed six shutout innings of one-hit ball while defeating the Houston Astros on Friday. The 34-year-old has compiled a 1.93 ERA over his past four starts while allowing two or fewer earned runs in each of the outings. Hamels is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox with 30 strikeouts against just one walk.
Shields is winless over his past eight starts (0-4) since beating the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day. The 36-year-old lost to the Chicago Cubs in his last turn when he gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings. Shields is 7-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 career starts against the Rangers and has struggled with Shin-Soo Choo (7-for-20).
1. The Rangers are just 22-38 at Guaranteed Rate Field since the beginning of the 2001 campaign.
2. Chicago 1B Jose Abreu is batting .333 in May but has homered just once over his past 19 appearances.
3. Texas 2B Rougned Odor is 3-for-16 with eight strikeouts in five games since returning from a hamstring injury.