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Monday, July 7, 2014
Extra Bases: Sox carrying road baggage

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox will head out on the road one more time before the All-Star break, with the knowledge that visiting ballparks haven’t been too kind to them this season.

The White Sox are 18-26 on the road this season but have actually won three consecutive games, all at Toronto, on their most recent trip. Although that sounds like a turnaround could be coming, remember that Chicago lost 10 of 11 road games before that.

The White Sox open things Monday night with four games against the Boston Red Sox, the defending World Series champions. It hasn’t gone as planned this season for the Red Sox, who are 39-49 overall and 21-24 at Fenway Park.

The White Sox then close out the first half with three games at Cleveland. The Indians are 43-44, two games better than the 42-47 White Sox in the American League Central standings.

If matchups against two teams under .500 sound enticing, they shouldn’t. The White Sox are just 15-23 against teams with losing records -- and 27-24 against teams above .500.

If the Sox want to have any road success, they better solve the offensive doldrums that plagued them over the weekend. In their past two games, they managed just six hits, and they had just three over their past 14 innings. It's hard to imagine that without a blown save Saturday they would have actually had a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.

Read all about it: Here is the Rapid Reaction from Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Seattle. ... Two White Sox players were named to the American League All-Star team, while one has a chance in the online final vote. ... Former waiver-wire pickup Hector Noesi held his former team in check Sunday.

Keep an eye on this: Scott Carroll, who is scheduled to start for the White Sox on Monday, has never faced the Red Sox and is 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA in four road starts.

Question of the day: Should Paul Konerko be getting more time in the designated-hitter spot, even against right-handed pitchers?