White Sox-Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels ended yet another losing streak Saturday,

using a big offensive performance against the Chicago White Sox.

They’ll try to salvage a four-game split with Chicago on Sunday at

Angel Stadium, though they’ve struggled to string together

victories all year.

The Angels (16-27) set a season high for runs in a 12-9 win on

Saturday, ending their three-game skid – already their fifth this

season of three or more games – while also ending the White Sox’s

four-game winning streak.

Los Angeles, which is just 5-10 following victories, blew open

the game with a five-run seventh inning, sparked by Alberto

Callaspo’s three-run homer. Though the White Sox (19-22) followed

with a five-run eighth of their own, Los Angeles responded with two

more runs in the bottom of the inning, including an of Callaspo’s

five RBIs on the day.

Howie Kendrick was also 2 for 5 with a double and is 10 for 20

over his last five games.

“I mean, you look at their ballclub and there’s no easy out on

their side, either. But when we get it going, we’re a pretty good

ballclub and we can score runs at any time in the game,” Albert

Pujols said.

After Hector Santiago lasted just 3 1-3 innings Saturday, the

White Sox hope Jake Peavy (5-1, 2.96 ERA) can win his fourth

consecutive start. Peavy, who was 18-19 with a 3.89 ERA over the

last two seasons, looks more like the dominant pitcher he was prior

to a 2010 operation on his right shoulder.

He’s currently striking out a career-best 10.1 batters per nine

innings and fanned six on Tuesday while yielding two runs and five

hits over seven innings in a 4-2 win at Minnesota.

“He’s further removed from surgery. He’s just stronger,” manager

Robin Ventura said. “He has more belief as far as in his mind he

doesn’t have any hesitation of letting it go. I think last year he

might have held back a little bit. But this year he’s pitching

free.”

Peavy will have to turn around his struggles against the Angels,

against whom he’s 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA over five starts.

Los Angeles starter Jason Vargas (2-3, 4.03 ERA) would also like

to change course from his history versus the White Sox, whom he’s

0-1 with an 8.04 ERA against across five starts. The left-hander is

coming off one of his better performances this season, a

seven-inning effort in which he gave up two runs and five hits in a

6-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday.

Josh Hamilton was a late scratch for the Angels on Saturday due

to what a team spokesman called a “day off, to recharge” after

initially being scheduled to bat fifth. Hamilton, who had gone 10

for 51 over his previous 14 games, was slotted into right field as

a defensive substitute in the seventh inning and singled.

He’s 7 for 15 against with two homers lifetime against

Peavy.

Adam Dunn’s status is unclear as he left in the fifth Saturday

with back spasms.

Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 13 games, going 2 for 4

with two RBIs. He’s driven in 11 runs with a .755 slugging

percentage during the streak.