Chris Sale will make his second career start and aim to give the Chicago White Sox a fifth straight victory and a sweep of their weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.
Sale posted a 4-2 victory at Cleveland on Monday when he allowed three hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings. The lefty, who had 79 appearances in relief to start his major league career, will try to cap Chicago's first home sweep of the Tigers since Aug. 11-13, 2006.
Detroit righty Rick Porcello didn't get a decision in his first start of 2012 on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay. Porcello gave up seven hits and a pair of runs over seven frames of Detroit's 5-2 victory. He's 2-4 with an inflated 6.91 ERA in seven games vs. the White Sox.
On Saturday, Tyler Flowers, Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko hit solo homers and Gavin Floyd pitched six scoreless innings, as the White Sox took a 5-1 win. Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn each knocked in a run for the White Sox, who have won four in a row to improve to 5-2 on the young season.
Floyd (1-1) gave up just three hits to go with six strikeouts and three walks. He improved to 7-2 in 18 career starts against Detroit.
"I like the feel of the team and the way they come everyday prepared to play," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run for the Tigers, who have lost three of four since starting the year 4-0.
Adam Wilk (0-1), filling in for an injured Doug Fister, allowed two runs on three hits in his first career start. But Wilk left the game with an injury after a Prince Fielder foul ball hit him in the dugout during the top of the sixth inning.
"I had no idea it was coming," Wilk said. "There was a group of players on the railing and I didn't see it coming at all. The first thing I knew it just hit me."
Detroit was 13-5 against the White Sox a year ago with six of those wins coming in the Windy City.
On this the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier Major League Baseball is commemorating this special occasion by having all players and on-field personnel once again wear the Hall of Famer's No. 42, as well as other pregame festivities.