Friday, 8:10 p.m. -- RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-6, 3.08) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.47)
TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. -- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-5, 4.53) vs. LHP John Danks (3-8, 4.29)
TV: Fox Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM
Sunday, 2:10 p.m. -- RHP Livan Hernandez (4-8, 3.97) vs. RHP Philip Humber (7-3, 2.90)
TV: MASN, Ch. 50 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM
WHITE SOX UPDATE
It's been a tumultuous season on the South Side, with a club that expected to contend for the AL Central title languishing in the bottom half of the division for nearly three months now. An 11-22 start actually left the White Sox in last place in early May, but they've managed to go 25-17 since and climb into third place (4 1/2 games behind the Indians).
One of (if not THE) biggest culprit in the club's woes so far has been Adam Dunn. After leaving D.C. for a four-year, $56 million contract over the winter, the big guy is slogging his way through his worst season to date in the big leagues. Dunn, who has served almost exclusively as DH, is hitting an abysmal .175 with seven homers, 29 RBI and an AL-leading 91 strikeouts.
After going 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts earlier this week, he was benched for Wednesday's game. And he continues to hear it from disgruntled fans. "I sort of can understand where they're coming from, but it doesn't make it easy," Dunn told Chicago reporters. "I know how frustrated they are. My family's frustrated. I don't even answer my phone anymore because I don't want to hear about what's wrong. I can't put it into words. I've never been through anything like this in my life. It is the most frustrating thing that ever has happened to me."
It's not all bad at U.S. Cellular Field, though. First baseman Paul Konerko has been one of the AL's most-productive hitters this season, sporting a .327 average, 21 homers, 59 RBI and a 1.009 OPS. Carlos Quentin has 17 homers. Philip Humber, who starts Sunday's series finale, has been a pleasant surprise.
WASHINGTON BATTERS VS. CHICAGO PITCHERS
Nats' best vs. Jackson -- Jayson Werth (3-for-4, 2 2B), Alex Cora (3-for-10, 2B, 2 RBI), Jerry Hairston (2-for-6, BB).
Nats' worst vs. Jackson -- Matt Stairs (3-for-20, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K), Michael Morse (0-for-2, BB, K).
Nats' best vs. Danks -- Ivan Rodriguez (3-for-9, 3 2B), Jerry Hairston (1-for-2, RBI, BB).
Nats' worst vs. Danks -- Matt Stairs (0-for-3, BB, 2 K), Jayson Werth (0-for-2, K).
Nats' best vs. Humber -- None.
Nats' worst vs. Humber -- Ryan Zimmerman (0-for-2).
CHICAGO BATTERS VS. WASHINGTON PITCHERS
White Sox's best vs. Zimmermann -- Juan Pierre (1-for-2), Ramon Castro (1-for-3, 2B, K).
White Sox's worst vs. Zimmermann -- Alex Rios (0-for-3).
White Sox's best vs. Gorzelanny -- Brent Lillibridge (1-for-1, 2B), Gordon Beckham (1-for-3, HR, RBI).
White Sox's worst vs. Gorzelanny -- Alexei Ramirez (0-for-5, K), Juan Pierre (1-for-13, K), Omar Vizquel (1-for-9, RBI, K).
White Sox's best vs. Hernandez -- Omar Vizquel (13-for-31, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K), Ramon Castro (8-for-20, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 4 K), Alex Rios (3-for-8, 2 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K), Juan Pierre (25-for-89, 2 2B, RBI, 3 BB, 9 K).
White Sox's worst vs. Hernandez -- Mark Teahen (2-for-8, BB), Adam Dunn (6-for-25, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K), Carlos Quentin (2-for-9, 2B, HR, 4 RBI).