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Carlos Beltran and Adam Dunn are enjoying huge comeback seasons
for their respective teams.
These sluggers are among baseball’s home run leaders and will
meet Tuesday night as Dunn’s Chicago White Sox look for an eighth
straight road win in the opener of a three-game set against
Beltran’s St. Louis Cardinals.
Beltran leads the NL with 18 homers while Dunn has 20 for the
majors’ second-highest total behind Texas slugger Josh Hamilton.
Beltran averaged 13.0 homers over his previous three injury-plagued
seasons while Dunn has already nearly doubled his total of 11 from
2011, his first season with Chicago (33-27).
Both homered in consecutive games to finish solid weekend
series, as Beltran went 6 for 11 and Dunn was 5 for 12 with seven
St. Louis (31-30) and Chicago both lost two of three, however.
The Cardinals opened a nine-game interleague homestand with a
series loss to Cleveland and have dropped eight of 12 overall.
“I felt that we have been battling injuries and things like
that, but at the same time we just need to find a way to play
better,” Beltran told the Cardinals’ official website. “There’s no
excuses. We have a good team. We just have to find a way to put it
The White Sox stumbled against Houston to cap a 4-5
“Come Tuesday night, that’s another little moment where we can
respond again to a bad series,” said slugger Paul Konerko, who is
second on the all-time list with 56 interleague homers. “We’ve done
it probably six or seven times this year. We’ll probably have to do
it six or seven more times.”
Manager Robin Ventura has indicated that Dunn will start in left
field in this series. The White Sox are visiting the new Busch
Stadium for the first time, having gone 2-7 over three previous
trips to St. Louis with the most recent in 2001.
Chicago may be happy to start a six-game trip after its mediocre
homestand. The White Sox own the majors’ best road mark at 17-9 and
can win eight in a row away from home for the first time since a
12-game run June 4-July 3, 2000.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has missed the last two
games with a back injury but could return Tuesday. St. Louis
totaled five runs against Cleveland, with Rafael Furcal going 0 for
11 and David Freese 2 for 11.
“Would I like to see us more consistent? There’s no question,”
manager Mike Matheny said. “Guys are grinding, they’re fighting,
and I’m going to continue to stay optimistic because that’s what I
Matheny will start veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright, who
yielded three runs and struck out eight over 5 2-3 innings
Wednesday to get credit for a 4-3 win over the Astros.
Wainwright (5-6, 4.97 ERA) has never started against the White
Sox, but Dunn is 8 for 18 with a homer and eight walks against
Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.05) will make his
fourth start for Chicago. He has gone 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his
first three while filling in for an injured John Danks.