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What's new: The Sox have been struggling, their 4-10 skid the product of a lack of offense as much as anything as they started the day last in the league in runs and on-base percentage and 12th in hitting. Losing C A.J. Pierzynski is part of it; so is Adam Dunn's slow start. The pitching, though, has been very good, especially a bullpen that has allowed the lowest average in the league. They have five players on the DL.

Key stat: Eighteen of the Sox's first 20 games have been decided by three runs or fewer.

Connections: White Sox INF Jeff Keppinger was a 2012 Ray, bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen is a longtime St. Pete resident. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and radio man Dave Wills used to be with the Sox.

Series history: White Sox lead 67-49 overall, 33-22 at the Cell.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-White Sox preview 04/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:16pm]
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