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TB@CWS: Sale notches win with seven strong innings

The Rangers might not have an answer for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale but that does not mean they are going to stop looking for one.

Texas manager Ron Washington said he is going to use Jeff Baker in the lineup Wednesday against Sale, but he's not sure if Baker will start in left field for David Murphy or at first base for Mitch Moreland.

In a perfect world, Washington would like to use an entire lineup of right-handers against Sale, but that would mean starting Lance Berkman at first base, using one of the middle infielders as the designated hitter and starting Leury Garcia. But that arrangement does not appear to be an option when you consider that Berkman has not played first base all season and has not been taking any ground balls there.

"One of my left-handed hitters is going to have to be in the lineup," Washington said. "I haven't decided which one."

Why the dramatic change for Sale? Well, left-handed hitters are 1-for-27 against him all season.

Nick Tepesch will make his fifth start for the Rangers. He was efficient in his fourth career start Thursday against the Twins, allowing only one run on five hits. It was the second time this season the rookie held an opponent to one run in a start uninterrupted by injury.

"He has been able to throw strikes and the defense has been very busy behind him," Washington said. "That's when the defense has been at their best. Tepesch throws all his pitches for strikes and keeps the ball down. It's all about executing pitches and he does that."

As for Sale, he issued a season-high four walks in two-plus innings against Tampa Bay in his last start but settled down and was eventually charged with just two runs over seven innings. He also struck out seven in his second win of the season.

White Sox: Viciedo, Danks rehabbing
• Dayan Viciedo, who went on the disabled list April 20 with a left oblique strain, expects to make a Minor League rehab start soon.

"For being the first time I'm swinging and soft-tossing, I felt really good. I didn't feel any pain," said Viciedo through translator and White Sox coach Lino Diaz on Tuesday. "[My teammates] told me to take my time, not to rush into it. If I happen to hurt it again, it's going to be a little longer. They have told me to take it easy. That's what I'm doing."

• Injured starter John Danks will make an injury rehab assignment for Double-A Birmingham on Thursday against Chattanooga. Danks (shoulder) has been on the disabled list since March 22.

• Twenty of the White Sox 25 games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer.

Rangers: Andrus, Pierzynski on eight-game streaks
• Elvis Andrus went 2-for-5 in Tuesday's 10-6 Rangers win and is riding an eight-game hitting streak. A.J. Pierzynski is on an eight-game hitting streak. The veteran catcher was out of the lineup Tuesday because of some soreness and bruising in the oblique muscle in his right rib cage.

• Adrian Beltre is 4-for-8 and Nelson Cruz is 3-for-6 against Sale.

• Relief pitcher Joseph Ortiz has asked that he be referred to by his full first name.

Worth noting:
• Chicago has won five of its last seven games against Texas and is 15-8 over its last 23 games against American League West opponents.

• The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, City of Southlake and the Miracle League of Southlake will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Texas Rangers Miracle League Field on Wednesday. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and former Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer will be in attendance.

• The White Sox finished April with a losing record for the third time in the last four seasons. The club is 88-80 in May since 2007.

• The Rangers are 14-3 in Yu Darvish's 17 regular-season starts in Arlington.

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