White Sox second best in interleague play

CHICAGO – Interleague play was where they White Sox got healthy in a hurry last season, but this wasn’t the weekend when it all started.

The White Sox can actually get a jump on last year’s pace when they face the Dodgers for three games starting Friday.

In their May interleague series last season, the White Sox won two of three against the Marlins as they were starting to warm up. By the end of those three games, though, the White Sox were only 18-25.

The White Sox really started to get going when interleague play resumed in June. After a defeat to the Tigers on June 8, the White Sox were 24-33. They then went 28-8, with much of their success during that time against the National League, and took a season-high 3 ½-game lead on the Twins in the division.

It all fell apart later, of course, but the White Sox did continue a trend last season of playing well against the National League and they are about to face interleague foes again.

Not only were the White Sox 15-3 in interleague play last season, they are second best in baseball since play between the leagues started in 1997. The White Sox’s 143 victories are second to the Yankees’ 144.

Paul Konerko is fourth all-time with 49 interleague home runs (Jim Thome is first with 57) and Mark Buehrle is tied for the lead in victories with Jamie Moyer at 23. Buehrle goes for the outright lead Saturday against the Dodgers and good friend Jon Garland.

“Over the years we've played pretty good, but it doesn't mean anything,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We play different ballclubs, different cities. Last year we kicked in right when we go to play against them. Hopefully, that helps us a little bit to get where we want to get.”