While Baltimore's Chris Davis keeps crushing, the 2013 season continues to get worse for the White Sox.
A rough Wednesday in Chicago was capped by an Orioles victory over the White Sox, who found out earlier in the day that they will be without right-hander Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) and first baseman Paul Konerko (lower back strain) for at least the next two-plus weeks.
Now the last-place White Sox have to continue without one of the league's best relievers, and their captain.
"You've got to go through injuries and flukey things that happen in this sport," Crain said. "Obviously, with me and Paulie going on the DL on the same day, on top of everything that has happened this year, it's obviously not what we're hoping for. But that's the life of a team and you've got to keep working through things and deal with the punches as they come."
The White Sox were unable to do so on Wednesday, but look to rebound behind left-hander Jose Quintana on Independence Day.
Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.57 ERA in his last eight starts, but began to turn it around in June, posting a 3.99 ERA. He didn't receive a decision last month, falling victim to a blown save by closer Addison Reed in his last outing.
While Quintana has to face Davis -- who hit his 32nd home run and a go-ahead double on Wednesday -- Baltimore's Zach Britton faces a White Sox squad that has a white-hot Adam Dunn, who's batting .312 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in his last 22 games. Britton has failed to go a full six innings in three straight starts, but earned the win last Saturday against the Yankees.
"Zach pitched really well tonight," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Britton's last start. "[It wasn't] anxiety, I think he wanted to get through that sixth inning, I could see it, but he just got out of sync a little bit. I was proud of him. He pitched well."
Britton is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox.
Orioles: Machado keeps hitting
Third baseman Manny Machado notched his Major League leading 64th road hit on Wednesday. The third baseman has hit safely in 30 of his last 34 road games, batting .353 with 17 doubles and three home runs in that stretch.
He also has an eight-game hitting streak overall, batting .344.
• The Orioles optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday to make room for right-hander Scott Feldman, acquired from the Cubs on Tuesday.
White Sox: Dunn not just powerful
Dunn has said throughout his time in Chicago that he doesn't care about his batting average. He's paid to hit home runs and drive in runs. The designated hitter/first baseman has been doing that all season, especially during his last 22 games, but also is hitting .312 in that stretch.
"He is [locked in]. He's swinging it good," manager Robin Ventura said. "Even [against the Orioles on Tuesday] he gets out, but he still lines out, a lot of hard contact from him lately. He's going to walk, he's going to strike out, but the hard contact is probably the best thing. This is a good stretch for him."
• Shortstop Alexei Ramirez is the only player in the Majors to play every inning this season.
• The White Sox are 8-7 against the American League East, compared to 25-41 against the rest of the Majors.
• Chicago's Jeff Keppinger has a five-game hitting streak (.526).