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BAL@CWS: Santiago fans nine, holds O's to two runs

The Cubs will make a quick stop on Chicago's South Side on Monday before returning home for the week, looking to sweep the season series against their crosstown rivals.

Monday's game against the White Sox will be a makeup of a May 28 rainout. The Cubs took the other three games of that series -- two at Wrigley, and one at U.S. Cellular Field -- outscoring the White Sox 24-6. The Cubs will then play the Angels twice at home, and the White Sox will head to Detroit for three.

"If we win tomorrow night, it'd be nice to sweep any series," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "But it's a little anticlimactic to how it could've been if we had played the games when they were supposed to be played."

The Cubs have actually fared well against the American League this season, going 11-6. In those 17 Interleague games, the Cubs are batting .283, with 98 runs and 23 home runs. In 38 games against the NL Central entering Sunday, however, the Cubs were batting .212, scoring 113 runs and hitting 31 home runs.

Matt Garza will get the ball for the Cubs opposite lefty Hector Santiago.

"We've pitched really well against the American League lineups," Sveum said. "We've actually swung the bats and probably scored more runs against the American League than we have against anybody else. That could be because of the pitching in our division, too."

Santiago shut down a potent Baltimore lineup in his last outing, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out nine. He took a no-decision and is 3-5 on the year with a 3.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.

The White Sox have lost nine of their last 12 games and have the second-worst record in the American League.

"You never get to a point where you're just giving up. There could be a time when direction is a little different. If it ends up that guys do get traded, it does become different," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "With these guys, you don't quit. It's still a professional game and they have the obligation of going out there and performing at their best. There's never any change of just trying to win games."

Cubs: Soriano will be designated hitter
Sveum said left fielder Alfonso Soriano will likely be the designated hitter Monday. He's 8-for-17 with two doubles and two home runs as a DH this season.

In his career, the 37-year-old is a .379 hitter with a 1.188 OPS in 87 at-bats as a DH. He has nine homers and 25 RBIs.

Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers on Saturday.

White Sox: Beckham stays hot
Second baseman Gordon Beckham entered Sunday hitting .409 in his last 12 games, and continued to see the ball well against David Price and the Rays.

He went 2-for-4 and is hitting .341 on the season.

Worth noting
• The White Sox are 12-9 against the Cubs since 2010.

• The Cubs open a six-game homestand Tuesday leading up to the All-Star break. They'll then head out on a 10-game road trip following the Midsummer Classic. Comments