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HOU@TEX: Garza strikes out eight over 6 2/3 innings

John Danks will face his former team for the 10th time in his career in the rubber match against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. He was drafted out of Round Rock High School, home to the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, with the ninth pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

The southpaw will try to give Chicago its fourth consecutive series win. He's 1-5 with a 3.88 ERA against Texas. Sunday will mark the fourth time Danks will face the Rangers on the South Side. He has three no-decisions with a 2.33 ERA in those three previous starts.

Danks won his last start, tossing eight scoreless innings against the Royals on Tuesday, but he hasn't had the benefit of run support lately. He's averaging 2.48 runs of support over his last nine starts, the fourth-lowest total in the American League in that span. He's 1-5 with a 4.09 ERA in that stretch.

Texas will continue to incorporate Craig Gentry and Jeff Baker in the lineup as it faces the fourth of five consecutive left-handed pitchers. Saturday night's walk-off loss snapped an eight-game win streak against lefties and a nine-game road win streak.

The Rangers have won 19 of their last 24 games, however, allowing five runs or fewer in 22 consecutive games. Texas will have a chance to break the record set in 1984 with Matt Garza on the mound.

The righty will make his first start in Chicago, on the other side of town, since he was traded to Texas before the Trade Deadline. Garza defeated the White Sox in one of his final starts as a Cub on July 8, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings.

Garza has allowed four or more runs in four August starts. He's 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA this month after pitching quality starts in his first outings with Texas.

White Sox: Civil Rights Game a success
The White Sox hosted Major League Baseball's seventh Civil Rights Game on Saturday night, with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams and Ferguson Jenkins in attendance for the 3-2 Chicago victory. Former players Minnie Minoso, Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas and Willie Horton were also in attendance, along with Commissioner Bud Selig and Illinois governor Pat Quinn.

Rangers: Tepesch set for rehab start
Nick Tepesch will make his first medical rehabilitation start Tuesday for Double-A Frisco. He's scheduled to throw 35-40 pitches after a 43-pitch live batting-practice session before Saturday's game.

The righty, who has been on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation since July 6, didn't feel any pain on Saturday.

Worth noting
• With 11 strikeouts over seven innings, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish became the first Major League pitcher with 10 games of 10-or-more strikeouts in a season since 2004 on Saturday night. Randy Johnson had 13 games and Johan Santana had 10 games with the feat in 2004.

• Chicago's Paul Konerko is 7-for-15 with three home runs off Garza. Adam Dunn is 2-for-13 with nine strikeouts against the righty.

• Alex Rios hit his first career home run as a Ranger on Saturday against his former team in the sixth. He has 13 home runs this season. Comments