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With some outstanding starting pitching and a rejuvenated offense, the Chicago White Sox are finally starting to pile up some wins.
They have yet to record a victory this season when John Danks takes the mound.
Danks gets the ball Tuesday night at the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels as the White Sox try to win four straight for the first time since their last visit to Angel Stadium.
Since falling 11 games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007 season after Friday's 3-2 loss at Seattle, Chicago (14-22) has rebounded with its first three-game winning streak since Sept. 28-30.
The White Sox's starters have a 1.37 ERA during the last seven games, and the club's maligned offense has started to click, totaling 19 runs and 40 hits during the last three.
"The last couple of days we started to swing the bat better, and we carried it into today's game,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said after following Monday's 8-0 victory to open this series.
The last time the White Sox won four in a row, the final three of those wins occurred during a sweep in Anaheim from Sept. 24-26.
Danks (0-5, 3.83 ERA) pitched well Wednesday against Minnesota, limiting the Twins to three runs and three hits in eight innings, but lost his fourth consecutive start as the White Sox fell 3-2.
"It's getting a little old," Danks, who has a 3.26 run-support average, said after the White Sox fell to 0-7 in his outings.
The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four career starts in Anaheim, including a 6-2 victory Sept.25, when he yielded two runs in eight innings.
Joel Pineiro (1-0, 0.71), who makes his home season debut for the Angels (20-16) on Tuesday, has also enjoyed plenty of success in Anaheim. In his first season with the Angels in 2010, the right-hander went 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 13 home starts. He is 6-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last 10 outings at Angel Stadium, including a 2-1 loss to Chicago on Sept. 24, when he didn't get a decision.
In his second start after opening the season on the disabled list with shoulder tightness, Pineiro walked four but threw 5 2-3 innings of three-hit ball in Thursday's 11-0 victory over Boston.
"My sinker was running all over the place," he told the Angels' official website.
Konerko is 8 for 12 during the White Sox's winning streak, while Dunn is 5 for 13 with three doubles and two RBIs.
Pineiro should also be careful when he faces Carlos Quentin for the first time. The White Sox right fielder leads the majors with 23 extra-base hits after going 3 for 4 with two doubles, a three-run homer and a season high-tying five RBIs in the series opener. Quentin is batting .424 with 14 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak in Anaheim.
The Angels won't be getting much production out of left fielder Vernon Wells for a while. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after leaving the series opener with a strained right groin.
Right fielder Torii Hunter is hitless in 14 at-bats versus the White Sox this season after going 0 for 3 on Monday and grounding into his major league-leading 12th double play.