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Red Sox vs. White Sox: Paler Sox come to town red-hot

The White Sox are in town, playing much better than usual.

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The White Sox are in town at exactly the wrong time, leaving it up to the Red Sox to cool own another red-hot team.

Boston Red Sox (79-56)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Mike Napoli, 1B
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Starting Pitcher -- Ryan Dempster

Chicago White Sox (56-76)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  3. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  4. Adam Dunn, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. Avisail Garcia, RF
  7. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
  8. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  9. Josh Phegley, C

Starting Pitcher -- Hector Santiago

Most of you will have heard the whole spiel with regards to Xander Bogaerts, Stephen Drew, and lefties before. Some of you are probably tired of it, and God knows I am too, so let's just leave that be for now.

What must be said is that, while the White Sox are certainly not a good team this year, this game looks a little sketchy. And a lot of that has to do with the pitching matchup. The Red Sox have dodged Ryan Dempster for as long as possible, but his turn has finally come again, likely for one of the last times this year with Clay Buchholz on the way back. He simply hasn't lived up to the standards set by the rest of Boston's rotation this year, while Hector Santiago, one way or another, has kept runs off the board for the White Sox.

Add in a White Sox team that's 10-2 over their last 12 games, and, yeah, this one could be touch-and-go, as much as it shouldn't be given the relative quality of the teams involved.

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