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The White Sox pushed Jake Peavy back two days so he could start the opener of Chicago’s crucial AL Central series in Detroit on Friday night. Peavy also has been dealing with an eye infection. Bet on White Sox-Tigers and every game at WagerWeb.com.
Baltimore at NY Yankees – Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66) vs. Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98): The rookie Gonzalez hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20 when he allowed four runs and eight hits in a loss to Texas. He pitched at Yankee Stadium on July 30, allowing four runs and six hits in 6.2 innings and got the win. … Kuroda continues to provide consistently strong innings for the Yankees, lasting at least eight innings in each of his past three starts. He faced Baltimore for the only time in his career April 30, earning a win with seven innings of one-run ball.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit – White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.09) vs. Tigers RHP Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67): Peavy endured one of the tougher no-decisions in his career, as Seattle scored six runs in the ninth off three White Sox relievers to erase a 7-2 deficit. Peavy’s seven innings of work put him at a team-high 175. … There is only one American League team that Fister hasn’t faced since he joined the Tigers and that’s the White Sox. He has never beaten Chiacgo in his career. Fister went 3-for-4 in quality starts against the White Sox while with Seattle, but he never beat them.
Texas at Cleveland – Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster (8-6, 2.99) vs. Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-13, 5.58): Dempster is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts and 3-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the Cubs on July 31. He is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in three career appearances against the Indians, but has not faced them since 2006. … In his last start, Jimenez lost after giving up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk against New York on Sunday. He is 1-6 with a 7.96 ERA in his past nine starts.
Tampa Bay at Toronto – Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-9, 3.42) vs. Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (7-5, 3.06): Hellickson gave up four runs in five innings on six hits with five strikeouts, picking up the loss against the Athletics on Saturday at Tropicana Field. He fell to 8-9 with a 3.42 ERA. … Morrow allowed four runs — but just two earned — on six hits while striking out seven during his last start against Baltimore. It was his first outing in more than two months following a prolonged absence with a left oblique injury.
Minnesota at Kansas City – Twins RHP Cole De Vries (3-5, 4.68) vs. Royals LHP Will Smith (4-6, 5.55): De Vries pitched as well on Sunday as any starter has against the Rangers this season. He retired the last 12 batters he faced for his first win since June 30. He left after five innings with a 6-2 lead, allowing one earned run. … Following back-to-back wins against Baltimore and Oakland, Smith has lost two straight games for Tampa Bay and Boston. Against the Red Sox, he made it through five-plus innings but was tagged for nine hits and five runs.
Boston at Oakland – Red Sox RHP Aaron Cook (3-7, 4.76) vs. A’s RHP Brandon McCarthy (7-5, 3.12): Cook allowed three runs over six innings and did not factor in the decision Saturday against the Royals. He gave up seven hits while walking one and failing to record a strikeouts. He pitched in Oakland on July 4, allowing three runs and nine hits in six innings. … McCarthy held the Rays to two runs over seven innings to pick up his seventh win of the season Saturday. It was easily McCarthy’s best start in four tries since returning from the disabled list. He now has a 5.09 ERA over 23 innings since returning.
LA Angels at Seattle – Angels RHP Dan Haren (8-10, 4.82) vs. Mariners RHP Kevin Millwood (4-11, 4.28): Pitching on eight days’ rest, Haren fared better against the Tigers on Saturday, giving up two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision. In 21 career starts against the Mariners, Haren is 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA. … Millwood had another tough-luck loss Sunday, giving up the winning two-run home run to the White Sox on the second pitch after a brief rain delay . He’s won just once in his last 16 starts, going 1-7 with a 4.63 ERA in that span.