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White Sox manager Guillen eyes Buehrle for Game 5 start

CHICAGO — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would very much like it if Game 4 starter Gavin Floyd were left-handed as he's attempting to stack them against the Rays' heavily lefty lineup.

Denied there, he said Game 2 loser Mark Buehrle, barring any unforeseen physical problems, could start Game 5 on Wednesday on three days' rest.

"(I'll) see if he feels strong enough to start," Guillen said of the lefty. "I don't have any problems starting him."

Buehrle twice started on three days' rest at the end of the regular season as the White Sox battled the Twins for the Central title.

The Rays hit .239 against left-handers this season and were held to three runs on seven hits against John Danks in a 5-3 Game 3 loss. They were 25-24 against lefties in the regular season.

SLAMMED: After the Sox scored three in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead, Danks struck out four of his next seven hitters. He finished with seven strikeouts.

"It's always my goal after we score," he said, "go out there and try to make it as quick an inning as possible and get us back in the dugout."

GUT CHECK: Octavio Dotel replaced Danks and struck out 3B Evan Longoria — representing the tying run — with two outs in the seventh. A wild pitch sent Carlos Pena to second before Longoria failed to check his swing and took a called third strike.

"A guy like Longoria took that check swing right there," Dotel said. "It surprised me because he's a great hitter."

LAUNDRY: The White Sox became the 12th team to win Game 3 after losing the first two games of the division series. … Chicago has won four in a row at home, all elimination games. … Danks won his first career postseason start. … C A.J. Pierzynski has hit safely in seven consecutive playoff games. … LF Dewayne Wise is 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs in the series. … The White Sox had produced 12 straight singles over two games until Jim Thome's fourth-inning double. Thome entered the game 1-for-9 after propelling the Sox into the postseason with a homer in the playoff against the Twins.

White Sox manager Guillen eyes Buehrle for Game 5 start 10/05/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 5, 2008 11:25pm]
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