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CWS@PIT: Quintana fans seven Royals in seven innings

The Orioles are hoping it's their turn to beat up on the White Sox who, at this point, want to get the heck out of the American League East and back to Chicago.

There was a time the White Sox were winners in 10 of 12 games. Then road trips to Boston and New York happened, and the Red Sox and Yankees each swept the South Siders out of town.

Baltimore -- four games back of Tampa Bay for the second AL Wild Card -- looks to be just as unwelcoming as a host as it tries to gain ground in the postseason picture.

The White Sox took two of three from the Orioles in July, including the finale when left-hander Jose Quintana allowed two hits and whiffed 11 in seven shutout innings. Quintana hopes to replicate that outing in Thursday's opener when he opposes Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez.

Quintana is coming back on two days' rest after throwing only 20 pitches against the Yankees on Monday before a two-hour rain delay.

Gonzalez likely wishes his last outing, also against the Yankees, had ended earlier. He retired 10 of the first 11 he faced before surrendering seven earned runs and getting yanked in the fifth.

"I don't know," Gonzalez said afterward of what happened. "I can't even explain it. It was a tough one."

White Sox: Keeping 'em close
• The White Sox have played teams close this season despite finding themselves in the AL Central cellar, as 106 of their 138 games have been decided by three runs or fewer.

Chicago also has played 50 one-run games.

• White Sox pitchers have walked 27 batters in their last six games.

• Outfielder Avisail Garcia is hitting .375 in his last 21 games. He had two hits and two RBIs in Wednesday's 6-5 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Orioles: Machado keeps hitting
• Manny Machado hit a three-run homer on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to eight games (.324). The third baseman's Major League-leading 46 doubles are one shy of Vada Pinson (1959 Reds) for the second most by player in his age-20 or younger season. Alex Rodriguez (54 in 1996) is the all-time leader.

• Right-hander Jason Hammel will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday but won't be available to pitch until at least Friday, manager Buck Showalter said. Hammel (right flexor mass tightness) can be used as a starter or a reliever.

Worth noting
• Quintana's 16 no-decisions this season are the most in White Sox history.

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