Morrow aims to close out Jays' season vs. White Sox on high note

Brandon Morrow tries to cap his campaign with a flourish this afternoon when the Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their season against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

After holding the New York Yankees scoreless for eight innings on September 18, the right-hander scattered two hits and did not give up a run over seven innings on Friday to Tampa Bay, as he improved to 11-11 to go along with a 4.78 ERA. He also struck out nine in the win and has fanned 17 in his last two starts.

Morrow has faced the White Sox eight times (three starts) and is 0-1 with a 4.29 ERA.

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with righty Philip Humber, who is 9-9 with a 3.86 ERA. Humber lost to Cleveland his last time out, allowing seven runs and eight hits in six innings.

This will be his second-ever start against the Blue Jays.

The White Sox won their first game without former manager Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday, as Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout frames to lead Chicago to a 2-1 win.

Guillen was let out of his contract and coached his last game on Monday, paving the way for first interim manager Joey Cora and then Don Cooper to take over for the last two games. Cora was named interim manager on Monday, but after consultation with general manager Kenny Williams, Cooper was given the role for the final two games. Guillen is reportedly set to become the Marlins manager and will reportedly bring Cora with him to south Florida.

The manager roulette didn't overshadow the White Sox stalwart on a rainy night on the south side. Buehrle (13-9) pitched his prototypical game, giving up nearly as many hits (six) as innings pitched, but he danced in and out of trouble thanks to six strikeouts and zero walks. He came out for the eighth inning by himself and was then removed by Cooper, leaving the field to a standing ovation.

Buehrle, a free agent after the season, has pitched his entire 12-year career with the White Sox, winning 161 games in the process and helping the club to the 2005 World Series title.

Alejandro De Aza finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and Tyler Flowers hit a solo home run for the White Sox, who have won the first two games of this series.

Henderson Alvarez (1-3) was the hard-luck loser, giving up just the two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over seven frames. Jose Bautista and Jose Molina each finished with two hits for Toronto, which has lost four straight.

Toronto took three of four meetings from Chicago back in May.