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Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick - 8/23/13

Texas Rangers (74-53) at Chicago White Sox (52-74)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Martin Perez (L) (6-3) (3.480) vs. Chris Sale (L) (9-11) (2.776)

Chicago White Sox -118 / Texas Rangers +108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox hope to continue win streaks in the Windy City Friday night.

Texas took all three in Arlington against the Houston Astros to start the week, while Chicago extended their winning streak to six games with a three-game sweep at the Kansas City Royals.

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Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick - 8/23/13

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The Rangers took Houston's best punch and shook the Astros off 5-4 with an Elvis Andrus walk-off sacrifice fly. Texas trailed early, but Chris Gentry's third-inning home run tied things up. Adrian Beltre's single then gave the Rangers the lead 2-1 after three frames.

Ian Kinsler and Andrus RBIs later put Texas up by two runs. Although the Rangers ran Erik Bedard (3-9, 4.48 ERA) from the game after 4.1 innings. Texas was a mere 1-of-8 with Runners In Scoring Position and left seven runners on base in total for the day.

Chicago, conversely, won their sixth in a row 4-3 on Thursday during 12 frames. The Sox tied things during the seventh off of Josh Phegley's RBI-double. Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo singles got Chicago's first two runs in. Conor Gillaspie's HR proved to be the game-winning run.

The White Sox hand the controls to Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78 ERA) next. Sale is 3-1 in August, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned, during 28.1 innings. On the road, Sale bled for eight runs off 19 hits versus the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins during 12 frames of a 6-1 loss and an 8-5 win. Sale split July away outings too, yielding six runs, five earned, during 13.2 innings.

Sale was 0-5 in April and June road trips, surrendering 18 runs, 16 earned, during 30.1 frames. In May at the Los Angeles Angels and Rangers, Sale was victorious, conceding two runs during 14.2 innings. Good thing Sale is pitching at U.S. Cellular Field, where he's 5-3, winning his last two starts letting in three runs, one earned, during 16.1 frames. Texas is 19-of-69 with seven RBIs, three Nelson Cruz's, versus Sale and scored on him just twice May 1.

The Rangers retaliate with Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48 ERA). Texas has won his last four starts and are 8-4 when Perz starts this year. Perez is 4-2 in away appearances, falling at the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers, giving up nine runs, eight earned, during 8.1 innings.

In Perez's road victories, the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, LA and St. Louis Cardinals managed to strike for nine runs, seven earned, during 28.1 frames. Chicago's Jeff Keppinger is 1-of-2 without an RBI or walk against Perez. The Sox coming out on top seems far-fetched. Then again, they are favored, have won six in a row and are at Cellular Field...

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