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TEX@CLE: Ubaldo allows just two hits over seven

To say the White Sox bats have come alive in their last two games against the Indians would be an understatement.

While the team scored nine runs on 11 hits in a 9-3 win on Friday, Chicago upped the ante on Saturday, belting out 14 runs on 17 hits in a 14-7 victory.

Such hot hitting is a welcome sight for Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, who will try and help his team to a series sweep on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. A win would put them only half a game behind the Indians atop the American League Central.

"They do have a very good ballclub. Our division is balanced," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I have never taken them for granted. They have the team to win, just like the rest of the division."

Floyd comes into Sunday's contest having lost his last two starts, in which he's combined to toss 9 2/3 innings and allow 16 earned runs for a 14.90 ERA.

Before his last two starts, the right-hander had been on quite a roll, going 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA in six outings.

He'll face an Indians team that has been hit hard by the injury bug as of late.

Before Saturday's game, Cleveland placed catcher Carlos Santana on the seven-day disabled list with a mild concussion. He became the third Indians player to be lost to injuries in the past three games.

Asdrubal Cabrera remained out of the lineup with tightness in his left hamstring and Travis Hafner is in Cleveland resting a sore right knee.

"We're talking about 3-4-5 in our lineup," Acta said. "Last year, it was the whole outfield, plus our designated hitter. That's not very likely to happen.

"But, you have to deal with it. You have to fight. You can't throw your hands up and say, 'Here we go again.'"

Indians: Jimenez takes hill
• Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start on Sunday after a win on Tuesday against the Tigers.

Recording his second consecutive quality start against Detroit, Jimenez allowed three runs on five hits in six innings for his fifth win of the season. Even though he walked six in the game, Jimenez got out of jams thanks to his breaking ball.

"I don't feel good walking guys," Jimenez said after the start. "But once I walk them, I have to find a way to get the next guy out without him doing much damage. I think I found a way to get out of that."

White Sox: Pierzynski experiencing power surge
• Taking just 41 games this season to hit eight home runs, which was his entire total during the 2011 season, catcher A.J. Pierzynski continues to have as strong work ethic at age 35.

"He's always working out and focused on being in shape," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Pierzynski. "I don't know. There's a certain bit of longevity to him that's been there. He's been a workhorse for a long time. He's put in a lot of innings, but continues to stay on top of being ready."

Even opposing team's have noticed Pierzynski's increased production.

"Hey, he's been a good hitter in this league for years," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said of Pierzynski. "He's been pretty consistent throughout his years and this year he's been hitting pretty good against us."

Worth Noting
• White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is batting .571 (24-for-42) with four home runs and 11 RBIs during his current 12-game hitting streak.

• In 12 games since being moved to the leadoff spot, Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is batting .370 (17-for-46) with six doubles, two home runs and four RBIs, along with seven walks and 11 runs scored.

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