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Monday, August 4, 2014
Series preview: Rangers at White Sox

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Expect Chicago White Sox starter Hector Noesi to have his senses on high alert when the faces the Texas Rangers on Monday.

The right-hander was a member of the Rangers earlier this season for just three games, all in relief, but it was the humiliating way that his days in Texas ended that could have Noesi wanting to prove himself.

It’s hard to fault the Rangers for designating Noesi for assignment days after he gave up seven runs on seven hits in a single inning of relief. Adding a plot twist is that the horrible outing came against the White Sox, the team that claimed him on waivers less than a week after torching him for all those runs.

If anything, Noesi might want to show the Rangers that he wouldn’t have been the guy who got pushed around so easily if given another chance. The White Sox took a flier and turned Noesi into a starter of all things, which means that he already will have some satisfaction even before he throws his first pitch Monday night.

The decision to make Noesi a starter has had its ups and downs, which is to be expected when turning a reliever into a member of the rotation on the fly. But it has worked out better than anybody could have predicted.

He was the winning pitcher three times in a stretch of four starts in July, an obvious positive. But there were the six runs he gave up, all in the first inning, in his last start Wednesday at Detroit.

Maybe if there is anything Noesi can hang his hat on, it’s this: After leaving Texas with a 14.21 ERA, he has lowered that to 5.21 after 18 appearances and 100 2/3 innings in a White Sox uniform.

HEAD TO HEAD



Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who has 13 starts among his 18 career appearances, has never faced the White Sox. ... The players on the White Sox's active roster have 71 at-bats against Rangers starter Colby Lewis and only one has hit a homer, Adam Dunn. ... The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre is just 1-for-7 (.143) in his career against Noesi, but Alex Rios is 3-for-4 (.750) with a home run. ... Beltre does have two home runs in his career against White Sox starter John Danks, but has just seven hits in 31 at-bats (.226). ... The Rangers’ Elvis Andrus does not have a hit against White Sox starter Chris Sale in 15 at-bats, while Shin-Soo Choo has just one hit off the left-hander in 12 at-bats (.083).

NOTES



The White Sox’s Adam Eaton is not only on a 10-game hitting streak, he has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games and is batting .435 (37-for-87) over the latter stretch. ... The two other times the White Sox’s bullpen gave up 15 runs in a game, like it did Sunday, were in 1923 and 1936. ... The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez has a hit in 13 of his last 15 games and is batting .349 (22-for-63) over that stretch with three home runs and 14 RBIs. ... Alejandro De Aza has recorded at least two hits in each of the last four games and is batting .571 (8-for-14) over that stretch. ... Dayan Viciedo has 13 home runs this season and 11 of them have come off right-handed pitching. ... Over his last nine starts, the Rangers’ Nick Martinez is 0-6 with a 7.31 ERA. ... Over their last eight games at U.S. Cellular Field, the Rangers have lost seven times.

PITCHING MATCHUPS


Monday: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08), 7:10 p.m. CST
Tuesday: White Sox LH John Danks (9-6, 4.50) vs. Rangers RH Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98), 7:10 p.m. CST
Wednesday: White Sox LH Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09) vs. TBA, 1:10 p.m. CST