Today's pitchers: Bergesen vs. Buehrle

RHP Brad Bergesen (6-3, 3.54) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 7th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. the White Sox.

In the final game before the All-Star break, Bergesen got the win vs. Toronto. In 6 2/3, he gave up seven hits and two runs, throwing 91 pitches.

Over his last nine starts, Bergesen is 5-1, 2.35 (17ER in 65IP).

Bergesen, 2009:
Home: 6-1, 2.82 and team is 8-2 in his starts
Road: 0-2, 4.82 and team is 1-5 in his starts

Bergesen has recorded a team-leading 10 quality starts and five times has pitched seven or more innings. The Orioles are 9-7 when he starts, winning five of the last seven.

Right-handed batters hit .262 off Bergesen while lefties hit .242. In 104 1/3 innings on the year he has allowed 100 hits.

Bergesen ERA by month:
April: 5.59
May: 4.78
June: 2.23
July: 2.61

Bergesen got the win vs. Chicago in his Major League debut at home on April 21st. That night, in 5 2/3, he allowed four hits and just one earned run.

LHP Mark Buehrle (9-3, 3.66) today makes his 19th start, his 11th at home and the 11th of his career vs. the Orioles.

Buehrle pitched in his 4th All-Star game on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless 3rd inning vs. the National League, retiring Chase Utley, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in order on just nine pitches.

This was just two days after Buehrle's worst start of this season, when he gave 10 hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 Sunday vs. Minnesota.

Buehrle has made 11 quality starts on the year and the Sox have a record of 13-5 in his 18 starts. In ten home starts, he is 5-1, 2.98.

In his last 24 starts at U.S. Cellular Field, Buehrle is 16-2, 2.43 (44ER in 163IP).

The 30-year-old has made 30 starts and pitched over 200 innings for eight consecutive seasons. He led the AL in innings in 2004 and 2005.

Buehrle vs. Baltimore:
2008: 0-0, 4.50, one start
Career: 4-2, 2.45, 12 games, 10 starts (73 1/3IP, 62H)
Career at home vs. O's: 3-1, 2.28

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