If the White Sox are sitting on another hot streak, now is a good time to bust it out.
The Sox are getting ready for the first of four home games vs. the reeling Detroit Tigers, and they could use this series to increase their 2-game lead in the AL Central.
Predictably, there were no bold predictions coming out of the White Sox' clubhouse before the game.
Even though they've lost 9 of their last 13, the Sox were actually pretty relaxed.
"I don't think there is ever urgency when you're up," said third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is back after missing the past three games to be with his wife for the birth of a baby boy. "When you're on the other side, maybe. But for us there isn't urgency at all. We have to go out tonight, can't look past tonight.
"We've got to get a 'W' tonight, that will put us in a lot better position the next day. The old cliché is pitch, pitch, day by day. It does really work when it comes down to it in September."
Speaking of pitching, the White Sox made a big change in the starting rotation.
Erratic Francisco Liriano is out for Wednesday, and Gavin Floyd is going to come off the disabled list and take his spot.
In his last three starts, Liriano has walked 15 in 14 innings.
"Strikes," pitching coach Don Cooper said when asked about the problem with Liriano. "It's been the same with (Jose) Quintana when he's not right. This isn't a demotion. We're going to have Frankie in the bullpen throughout this series, or at least for the first three games of the series.
"Obviously, we've been going through our bullpen a lot. We've got games to play and we're going to play those games. Frankie's going to wind up going somewhere in the Minnesota series if he's not used in the bullpen here. Now's the time we've got to think out of the box, got to be flexible, got to see what we've got using our people the best way we can to try to win the game each night."
Adam Dunn is out again with a strained right oblique.
This will be the fourth straight game Dunn has missed with the injury. He didn't even take batting practice today, so Dunn doesn't figure to be back until Wednesday at the earliest.
Here are tonight's lineups:
1. Alejandro De Aza - CF
2. Kevin Youkilis - 3B
3. Dewayne Wise - LF
4. Paul Konerko - 1B
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski - C
7. Dayan Viciedo - DH
8. Alexei Ramirez - SS
9. Gordon Beckham - 2B
SP: Jose Quintana - LHP
1. Austin Jackson - CF
2. Ryan Raburn - LF
3. Miguel Cabrera - 3B
4. Prince Fielder - 1B
5. Delmon Young - DH
6. Jhonny Peralta - SS
7. Avisail Garcia - RF
8. Omar Infante - 2B
9. Gerald Laird - C
SP: Rick Porcello - RHP