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Sox must beat Rays to stay within 1 game of lead

CHICAGO – The Detroit Tigers' walk-off win this afternoon puts the pressure on the White Sox.

The Sox need a win tonight versus the Tampa Bay Rays to stay one game back of Detroit. Tampa Bay is also fighting for a postseason appearance, sitting 2 1/2 games out of the final Wild Card spot. The Rays have won seven straight games while the Sox have dropped seven of their last eight.

Jake Peavy (11-12, 3.40 ERA) starts for the Sox while right-hander James Shields (15-9, 3.65) takes the mound of the Rays. In his last outing at Anaheim, Peavy lasted five innings after allowing five runs.

Rays starting lineup

1. Desmond Jennings, LF2. B.J. Upton, CF3. Ben Zobrist, SS4. Evan Longoria, 3B5. Carlos Pena, 1B6. Jeff Keppinger, 2B7. Luke Scott, DH8. Matt Joyce, RF9. Jose Lobaton, C

White Sox starting lineup

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B3. Adam Dunn, 1B4. Paul Konerko, DH5. Alex Rios, RF6. A.J. Pierzynski, C7. Dayan Viciedo, LF8. Alexei Ramirez, SS9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

-- Meghan Montemurro


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