The Cleveland Indians are looking to match their longest winning streak from last season, and facing the slumping Chicago White Sox may be enough.
The Indians look to capitalize on another meeting with the White Sox as they try for a fourth straight victory Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Cleveland (8-10) went 68-94 last year, finishing ahead of only Minnesota (66-96) in the AL. A four-game winning streak was all the Indians could manage as a season high, and they reached that mark three times, most recently from June 18-22.
They have a chance to equal that streak following a five-game slide.
Asdrubal Cabrera came through in the clutch in Monday's opener, connecting for a two-out, two-run single in the eighth to provide the difference in a 3-2 win, the Indians third in four meetings with Chicago this season.
"I love those situations," said Cabrera, who sat out Sunday's 5-4 win over Houston after hurting his left wrist falling down the stairs of the dugout Saturday.
The shortstop is batting .156 - 120 points lower than his career average.
"Maybe this is the start hopefully of him getting hot," manager Terry Francona said, "because he's going to get really hot at some point."
Cabrera is 8 for 22 with three doubles and six RBIs over his past seven games on the South Side.
The White Sox (7-12), losers of 10 of 13, have plated seven runs while batting .161 - including 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position - during a four-game slide.
They've also committed four errors in that stretch. Reliever Matt Thornton accounted for one Monday, when he wildly threw to second in an attempt to pickoff Drew Stubbs , only to have him move to third before Cabrera's timely hit.
"You just keep shooting yourself in the foot," manager Robin Ventura said. "And until we clean it up, we're going to lose games. It's just that simple. It's not hard to figure out."
Chicago may not need much production at the plate with Ventura scheduled to turn to Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.55 ERA), who is trying to continue an impressive stretch with another dominant outing against the Indians.
The left-hander has tossed 13 2-3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, including Wednesday's 7-0 win at Toronto. He scattered five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, five days after being letdown by the offense in a 1-0 loss at Cleveland.
Quintana held the Indians to one hit while fanning seven in seven innings, but didn't get a decision opposite Justin Masterson 's five-hitter.
Another meeting with the Indians may keep Quintana rolling since he's 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four games - two starts.
The Indians are expected to counter with Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12) as he tries to continue his success against the White Sox.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts against them, getting credit for a 9-4 home victory April 13. He yielded three runs - one earned - and five hits before leaving with one out in the seventh.
McAllister followed that up five days later by giving up three runs and three walks while throwing 112 pitches in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Boston.
Dunn was hitless in four at-bats Monday, and is 1 for 36 with a solo homer and 16 strikeouts in his last 10 games.
|Alejandro De Aza||10||.300||3||0||0||1||1||.364||.764||.400|
|April 20, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist contusion|
|April 20, 2013||Brett Myers||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|April 16, 2013||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Sore elbow|
|April 15, 2013||Michael Bourn||15-Day DL||Right hand laceration|
|April 14, 2013||Michael Bourn||Day-to-Day||Left game - right hand laceration|
|April 09, 2013||Lou Marson||15-Day DL||Cervical neck strain|
|Chicago White Sox|
|April 22, 2013||Hector Gimenez||Day-to-Day||Left shin|
|April 19, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|April 10, 2013||Angel Sanchez||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|April 09, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Left game - nerve irritation, left wrist|
|March 22, 2013||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
CHICAGO (AP) -- April's continuing miserable weather claimed yet another Chicago baseball game Tuesday night.
The White Sox's scheduled home contest with the Cleveland Indians was the second postponement of a current eight-game home stand due to inclement weather.
It's also the fourth in Chicago since the baseball season opened three weeks ago. Two Chicago Cubs home games have also been rescheduled due to rain or cold conditions.
The game was called three hours and 35 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Tuesday's scheduled starters, Zach McAllister for Cleveland and Jose Quintana for Chicago, will be pushed back to pitch in Wednesday afternoon's series finale.
Tuesday's game has not been rescheduled, although the Indians return to Chicago in late June with open dates before and following that three-game series.
Wednesday's forecast calls for cool but clearing conditions for the 1:10 p.m. start.
The unscheduled day off may be a blessing in disguise for the White Sox, who have dropped four straight, 10 of their last 13 and are hitting .204 (66-of-323) over the last 10 games.
"For us, it's one of those you're beating yourself right now," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "You're giving yourself a lot of opportunities and playing just sloppy. That's where guys get frustrated. We all get frustrated. When that gets cleaned up, you're in games and when that feeling turns you're going to win games, that's a big boost of momentum once you get it."
The weather may also be a factor, but the White Sox have grown accustomed to poor conditions.
"It's rougher than most places (but) you just get used to it," Ventura said. "It's one of those you're not always sure about getting rained out and things like that. But you're pretty sure you're going to play in cold weather and wind and all that stuff."
White Sox catcher Hector Gimenez , who was hit by a pitch in the shin and left in the seventh inning of Mondays' 3-2 loss to the Indians, told Ventura he was feeling better the next day.
"He said he looks fine," Ventura said. "That's one of those that hurts at the time. He was going to get run for anyway. He wanted to stay in, but he's going to be fine."
Tuesday's postponement was the third for Cleveland, which had back-to-back games from April 10-11 against the New York Yankees rescheduled. The games will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader May 13.
Three weeks into the baseball season and Indians outfielder Nick Swisher can't contain himself about the excitement for his new team, riding a current three-game winning streak..
Swisher signed with the Indians in the offseason after four seasons with the Yankees.
"It's just a great group of guys around here," he said. "It's a good core of new guys that we have ... Now we're all try to get to that we point where we are all trying to gain loyalty together and trust and it goes with the coach on down."
Swisher is already a big fan of new manager Terry Francona and was happy to hear he'd be used as a designated hitter to get some added rest.
"I have never had that ever in my life," Swisher said. "To have a manager really looking out for you like that just makes coming to the ballpark awesome every single day. And not only that, it makes you want to run through a brick wall every time you get the opportunity because you got a guy like that backing you."