White Sox-Indians Preview

Manny Ramirez was set to make his Chicago White Sox debut in

their last game. He will get his chance in the next one.

The 12-time All-Star is expected to be in the lineup as the

White Sox try to complete a road sweep of the Cleveland Indians on

Wednesday afternoon.

Awarded to Chicago off waivers from the Dodgers on Sunday night,

Ramirez was in the on-deck circle ready to pinch-hit for Brent

Lillibridge when A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer in the top

of the ninth inning to help the White Sox (72-60) to a 4-3 win over

Cleveland on Tuesday.

“I’m not going to say A.J. hit a home run because of Manny,”

manager Ozzie Guillen said. “But when you see Manny’s presence, you

have to be careful with the guy in front of him because you don’t

want to face him. We didn’t have to use him.”

After arriving earlier in the day, Guillen felt the 38-year-old

star was not ready to be in lineup Tuesday. Ramirez hit .311 with

eight homers and 40 RBIs this season for Los Angeles but was

limited to 66 games by calf and hamstring injuries. He was 2 for 10

in five games in August.

“I feel that I still have that fire to compete,” Ramirez told

the White Sox official website.

Ramirez will try to help Chicago improve to 3-0 on their 10-game

road trip. The White Sox are four games behind AL Central-leading

Minnesota. His first at-bat in a White Sox uniform will come in

Cleveland, where he spent his first eight seasons. Ramirez has hit

132 of his 554 home runs at Progressive Field.

Juan Pierre, who played well last season in place of Ramirez

when the slugger was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s

drug policy, had two hits Tuesday. The White Sox leadoff hitter is

batting .381 in his last 19 games.

Freddy Garcia (11-5, 4.89 ERA) looks to build on his first win

in a month when he takes the ball for Chicago in the finale.

The right-hander was 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in four starts since

beating Seattle on July 29, but allowed two runs in seven innings

of a 9-4 win over the Yankees on Friday. Chicago has given Garcia

an average of 6.39 runs of support.

“To me, when Freddy has a two-, three-, four-run lead you have

the freedom to go with the flow of the game, and I think it makes

him a better pitcher,” Guillen said.

Garcia is 6-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 18 starts against the Indians

but has not faced them since 2006.

Travis Hafner is 15 for 31 with four homers versus Garcia but

went 0 for 3 on Tuesday after a four-hit effort in the opener. The

Indians slugger is batting .368 in six home games against the White

Sox this season.

Looking to avoid a fourth straight loss, the Indians (53-79)

will call up Carlos Carrasco to make his 2010 debut Wednesday. The

right-hander was 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 25 starts at Columbus. He

went 0-4 with an 8.87 ERA in five starts with Cleveland in


“He’s probably got as high a ceiling as anybody we have starting

here, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” manager

Manny Acta told the Indians’ official website.

The Indians are 8-6 versus Chicago this season.