(Sports Network) - If the Baltimore Orioles intend on returning to the
postseason they are going to need to start stringing some wins together.
Perhaps a visit from the woeful Chicago White Sox will help.
The Orioles try to get themselves back into the win column on Thursday when
they open a four-game set with the White Sox at Camden Yards.
Baltimore just completed a 3-6 road trip and has fallen four games off the
pace in the American League Wild Card chase. By losing two of three to the
Cleveland Indians the O's fell a half-game behind the Tribe, and are also
looking up at the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the battle for the
last AL playoff spot.
"We know everybody is trying to make the playoffs at this point," said Manny
Machado, who homered in Wednesday's 6-4 loss. "But we're not in panic mode. I
don't think we will be either."
Hoping to turn things around for the O's on Thursday will be righty Miguel
Gonzalez, who is 8-7 with a 4.11 ERA. Gonzalez lost his fourth straight
decision on Friday in New York, as the Yankees pounded him for seven runs and
six hits in four innings.
"He pitched as well as you'd want, but couldn't get over the hump," Showalter
said. "Miguel has pitched well this year and he'll get another chance."
Chicago, meanwhile, knows all about struggling on the road, as it enters this
series 0-6 on its 10-game trip after losing three in a row to the New York
The White Sox trailed 6-1 on Wednesday before scoring four times in the eighth
inning to make things interesting. However, the great Mariano Rivera came on
to get the final out in the eighth before shutting the door in the ninth to
secure the Yankees' 6-5 win.
"That's one thing I say about our team is we do fight to the end," Paul
Konerko said. "We've had a lot of games that looked just like that this year
where we were down four, five runs and we fight back, we just can't finish it
Getting the call for the ChiSox on Thursday will be lefty Jose Quintana, who
threw only 20 pitches on Monday before a lengthy rain delay at Yankee Stadium
cut his day short. He is 7-5 on the year with a 3.69 ERA.
Chicago took two of three from the Orioles earlier in the season.
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