Mariners-White Sox Preview

Stretching back to the start of the 2008 season, the Chicago

White Sox have won nine in a row and 13 of 14 at home against the

Seattle Mariners.

Felix Hernandez has been the only one to keep it from being a

perfect run.

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner will try to lead the Mariners

to another rare victory on the South Side as they continue a

three-game set with the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Chicago (29-33) continued its success over Seattle at U.S.

Cellular Field with a 3-1 win Monday. Paul Konerko homered for the

third time in five games, helping John Danks earn his first win in

nine decisions this year.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t see 0-8 on the scoreboard

every time I go out there or on the TV, but it is nice to get the

first one out of the way but there is a lot of ground to make up,”

Danks said.

The only time the White Sox haven’t been able to top the

Mariners in the last 14 home matchups came April 28, 2009, against

Hernandez. He scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, and

Seattle had a season-high 19 hits in the 9-1 rout.

It also was Hernandez’s only win in five starts at U.S.

Cellular. He’s struck out Konerko eight times in 21 at-bats.

Even with that loss more than two years ago, the White Sox have

outscored the Mariners 92-45 despite outhitting them by only a

137-126 margin. With a win Tuesday, Chicago also will set a club

record for longest home win streak over Seattle.

For the second time this season, Hernandez will be opposed by

the White Sox’s Phil Humber.

On May 6 at Safeco Field, Hernandez (6-4, 3.04 ERA) fired a

five-hitter for his second complete game of the year with six

strikeouts as Seattle won 3-2 on Brendan Ryan’s walkoff single.

Humber gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings.

Hernandez is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last three starts,

recording 28 strikeouts with seven walks in 22 innings. The

right-hander fanned 11 and gave up one run in seven innings of the

Mariners’ 8-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

“It’s been a while since I’ve got that many runs in one game,”

Hernandez said. ”It felt good. You’ve got to not relax but (still)

make pitches.”

Last month, Humber was 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts, and

he’s pitched into the eighth inning in each of his last two

outings. Facing Boston last Tuesday, Humber (4-3, 3.06) yielded

four runs over 7 2-3 innings as the White Sox held on for a 10-7

win.

“The guy keeps showing people, and proving himself, pitching

against a good-hitting ballclub and doing it right. I could be

sitting here talking good things about him all night,” Chicago

manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Since winning his home debut April 9, Humber is 0-2 with a 2.84

ERA in three starts at U.S. Cellular. He received just two total

runs of support in losses to the Los Angeles Angels and

Baltimore.

Humber will have to try and cool off Greg Halman, who went 3 for

3 Monday, and is 6 for 7 in two games after his recall from

Triple-A Tacoma last week. Halman scored Seattle’s lone run Monday

on Ryan’s eighth-inning single.

The Mariners (31-29) have alternated wins and losses in their

last four games, and are 13-14 on the road.