Chicago White Sox (57-89, fourth in AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (42-104, fifth in AL East)
Baltimore; Friday, 7:05 p.m. Eastern
PROBABLE PITCHERS: White Sox: James Shields (6-16, 4.58 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 142 strikeouts) Orioles: Luis Ortiz (0-0, 40.50 ERA, 7.50 WHIP, zero strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago hits the road to open the three-game series. The Orioles have gone on a 2-8 losing streak over their last 10 outings. Baltimore's lineup has 173 home runs this season, Trey Mancini paces them with 21 homers. The White Sox are 10-20 in Shields' starts. The Chicago pitching staff is limiting opponents to just a .252 batting average on the season. In their last meeting on May 24, Dylan Bundy earned the win in a 9-3 victory for the Orioles.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yolmer Sanchez leads the White Sox with 133 hits this year. His .248 batting average is 44th in the American League. Jose Abreu has 14 hits and is batting .341 over his past 10 games for Chicago. Adam Jones leads the Orioles with 149 hits this year. His .286 batting average is 18th in the American League. Jonathan Villar has 13 hits and is batting .351 over his past 10 games for Baltimore.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 3-7, .221 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored by 18 runs. Orioles: 2-8, .234 batting average, 6.54 ERA, outscored by 41 runs.
ORIOLES INJURIES: The Baltimore Orioles placed DH Mark Trumbo on the 60-day disabled list with right knee inflammation on Monday, Aug. 20. The Orioles placed RHP Pedro Araujo on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain on Monday, June 11.
WHITE SOX INJURIES: The Chicago White Sox placed RHP Michael Kopech on the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury on Saturday.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.