Red Sox-White Sox Preview

Eliminated from postseason contention, the Boston Red Sox and

Chicago White Sox are focused on the future. For several members of

the White Sox, that future might not be in Chicago.

The clubs continue a four-game set Wednesday at US Cellular

Field after splitting the first two meetings. After Boston won 6-1

on Monday, Chicago snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a

5-4 victory Tuesday on Dayan Viciedo’s pinch-hit RBI single in the

ninth.

For Boston (87-70), the loss came hours after wins by Tampa Bay

and New York had officially eliminated the team from the playoff

picture. The Red Sox had been in the postseason the previous three

years.

“Watching the games on TV is going to feel weird,” said David

Ortiz, who appeared in six of the previous eight postseasons –

seven of them for Boston.

The White Sox (84-73), who were mathematically eliminated last

week, will miss the playoffs for a second straight season and for

the fourth time in the last five years.

While both teams said they are trying to end the year on a high

note, several Chicago players are wondering where they’ll be next

year, including Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski – members of the

2005 World Series team who are headed for free agency.

Konerko doubled in the tying run in the eighth Tuesday while

Pierzynski went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

“Everyone knows where I stand with the White Sox and the people

and the city,” Pierzynski said. “The door is open. But we’ll see

what happens. It takes two to do that, make it possible. We’ll see

where it goes.”

Pierzynski is 6 for 21 while Konerko is 1 for 10 against Josh

Beckett (6-5, 5.77 ERA), who will take the mound Wednesday for

Boston.

Beckett has won two of his last three starts, but the latest

victory was thanks to excellent run support. The right-hander got

credit for a 10-8 victory over the Yankees on Friday despite giving

up five runs and a season-high four homers in 6 2-3 innings.

Beckett is 4-1 with a 3.38 lifetime ERA against the White

Sox.

The White Sox will counter with Freddy Garcia (11-6, 4.74), who

is winless in his last three starts.

After missing two weeks with a stiff lower back, Garcia allowed

one run and four hits in six innings Friday against the Los Angeles

Angels, but didn’t get a decision in Chicago’s 2-1 win.

The right-hander is 7-2 with a 4.53 ERA over his career against

the Red Sox. He has not faced them this season.

Ortiz, who homered Tuesday and is 5 for 9 in the series, is

hitting .192 lifetime versus Garcia.