CHICAGO - A victory tonight would put the Orioles a season-high four games above .500 and assure a series win over the White Sox.
Since Sept. 12, 2011, the Orioles are 6-1-1 in their last eight series. They’re 18-10 in their last 28 games.
The Orioles are 16-10 in their last 26 road games since Aug. 22, 2011.
Seven of the first 11 games this season have been decided by one or two runs, and the Orioles have gone 5-2.
The Orioles’ 20 home runs rank second in the majors behind Texas’ 21.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the fourth Taiwanese-born pitcher in major league history to win a game last night, joining Chien-Ming Wang (59 wins), Hong-Chih Kuo (13) and Chin-hui Tsao (four).
Nolan Reimold has homered in the last four games that he’s played. The last Oriole to homer in five straight was Melvin Mora from Sept. 30, 2005-April 5, 2006.
Reimold has recorded three straight multi-RBI games for the first time in his career.
Adam Jones is batting .407 (11-for-27) with a double, four homers and four RBIs with nobody on base. With men on base, he’s batting .167 (3-for-18) with a double and one RBI. Jones is batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles and two homers against right-handed pitching this season.
Chris Davis’ streak of three straight multi-hit games came to an end last night. Davis had eight hits in his previous 12 at-bats, with three doubles and a homer.
Manager Buck Showalter is eight wins away from 1,000 in his career.
Jason Hammel, who starts Thursday afternoon, is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six career appearances (two starts) covering 18 2/3 innings against the White Sox.
Here’s the White Sox’s lineup:
Alejandro De Aza CF
Brent Morel 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios RF
Kosuke Fukudome LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Gordon Beckham 2B
Jake Peavy RHP