White Sox-Red Sox Preview

A trip to Fenway Park isn’t usually welcome for a slumping team,
but it seems to be just what the Chicago White Sox needed.

Gavin Floyd is hoping for a similar effect when he faces the
Boston Red Sox.

Floyd will try to continue his dominance of the Red Sox and lead
the White Sox to a three-game sweep and their seventh straight road
win in the series Wednesday afternoon.

Chicago (26-31) came into Boston having lost three straight on
their 10-game trip and with manager Ozzie Guillen trying to clarify
some controversial comments he made before a 13-4 drubbing in
Toronto on Sunday.

The White Sox have put all of that behind them by putting 17
runs on the board in consecutive wins over the Red Sox (30-25).
Chicago jumped out to a 10-1 lead Tuesday, then held on for a 10-7
win behind Alexei Ramirez’s career high-tying four hits and three
RBIs.

The White Sox, who have taken 12 of their last 14 overall
meetings with Boston, now have a chance to match their seven-game
run at Fenway from July 12, 1958-May 14, 1959.

Floyd (5-5, 3.69 ERA) has dropped three straight on the road,
though he pitched well enough to win last Wednesday, limiting Texas
to two runs – one earned – over seven innings but getting saddled
with a 2-1 loss.

“Our offense is good enough to put up a lot of runs,” Floyd
said. “I just want to keep the team in the game.”

Floyd was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday but was pushed
back a day after taking the loss in relief during a 14-inning game
Saturday in Toronto.

The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in five career starts
against Boston, and has a 1.69 ERA in his last four. He gave up one
run and five hits over six innings of a 3-1 win at Fenway last
Sept. 4.

He will be opposed by Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.14), who is seeking
his third victory in as many outings. The 44-year-old
knuckleballer, who gave up two runs over a season-high seven
innings of Friday’s 6-3 win in Detroit, will now try to keep his
team from its first four-game skid since opening the season
0-6.

“You know, I’m just doing what I can to help us win games,”
Wakefield told the Red Sox’s official website. “I was asked to fill
a role here, and I’m trying to do the best that I can.”

Wakefield, who is five wins shy of 200 for his career, is 3-8
with a 4.84 ERA in his last 12 starts against the White Sox with
the most recent Sept. 5, 2009.

David Ortiz is one Boston player enjoying this series. He’s 4
for 7 through the first two games, including a three-run homer
during Tuesday’s failed comeback attempt. The Red Sox designated
hitter batted .342 with 10 homers in May.

He is 5 for 17 with two home runs lifetime against Floyd.

Ramirez, hitting .368 with 16 RBIs in his last 13 games, is 1
for 9 versus Wakefield.