There haven't been many fireworks for the White Sox since July 4, with the team posting a 4-23 record that ranks as the worst in all of Major League Baseball. Every other team has at least 10 wins during that time.
And while the White Sox return home Tuesday to begin a six-game homestand at Guaranteed Rate Field, life isn't about to get any easier for the rebuilding squad. Tuesday's contest will be against a Houston team with the American League's best record and ace Dallas Keuchel, who is 9-1 with a 2.15 ERA.
"We're playing some really good clubs," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We're going to go out there every single day to hopefully play clean baseball on every side of the ball, on the bases, in the field and with the stick. Hopefully we'll continue to play a little better baseball."
Derek Holland gets the start for the White Sox in the opener. He pitched in relief Saturday at Fenway Park, but only threw three pitches and faced one hitter. The southpaw said there should be no problem at all getting ready for the start, with that relief appearance working as his side day.
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve carries the Majors' top average (.364) into the contest. He also leads the big leagues with 154 hits.
Things to know about this game
• White Sox third baseman/designated hitter Matt Davidson missed his fifth straight game Sunday after being scratched from the starting lineup and was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday) on Tuesday. He has a bruised right wrist after being hit by a Marcus Stroman pitch last Tuesday.
• The White Sox are 3-19 after the All-Star break.
• Houston is 13-13 against the AL Central this season.
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