The White Sox have lost 18 of their last 22 road games, including Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Rays. Their path to victory won't get any easier on Sunday when they face last year's American League Cy Young Award winner, David Price, in his second start since coming back from the disabled list.
Price looked like his vintage self against the Astros on Tuesday after spending 47 days on the DL with a strained left triceps. He struck out 10 hitters -- including eight on called strikes -- in seven innings on just 70 pitches without ever seeing a three-ball count.
"Yeah, that's the best stuff I've had all year," Price said. "Everything for me starts with fastball location. If I can do that, I feel like I can be successful. I had very good fastball command and everything stemmed from that."
The South Siders will counter with John Danks, who has struggled away from Chicago this season. In four road starts, he's 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA vs. a 2-1 record and 2.22 ERA at home. Despite getting hit around, he hasn't walked more than one batter in any start this year.
"Definitely my last few, I've felt I've had command," Danks said after his last start, when he allowed two earned runs in seven innings against the Orioles on Tuesday. "Just trying not to hurt myself. Trying not to hurt guys, trying to keep the ball in the ballpark."
The Rays clinched the season series against the White Sox with their win on Saturday, only the fourth time they've done so against Chicago in the team's 15-year history.
Rays: Gomes progressing after setback
• After a strained right lat forced Brandon Gomes to miss a rehab start last week, he began throwing again on Saturday for the first time.
"We wanted to let it slow down," Gomes said. "Hopefully, that's the end of it and we can move the process along quicker than it was the last time."
No date has been set for Gomes' next rehab appearance, though bullpen sessions and long toss will be the first steps. He pitched one scoreless inning for Class A Charlotte on June 24 in his only rehab appearance, but felt tightness before his next scheduled appearance.
• Utility man Ben Zobrist was named the Rays' lone representative to the 2013 All-Star Game, marking his second appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
White Sox: Crain and Sale going to the All-Star Game
• A right shoulder strain can put Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list, but it can't stop him from being honored as an All-Star for the first time in his career. Left-hander Chris Sale will join Crain on the American League roster for his second All-Star Game.
Crain set a franchise record with 29 consecutive scoreless appearances to go along with his 0.74 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.
"I go in not expecting anything," said Crain, during a recent interview with MLB.com. "It would probably be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, especially in the position that I'm in, but that's out of my control."
Despite an average 5-8 record, Sale was third in the American League with a 0.96 WHIP entering Saturday's games, fifth with a 2.78 ERA and sixth with 115 strikeouts in 107 innings. He allowed two earned runs in seven innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk on Saturday against the Rays in his sixth straight loss.
• DeWayne Wise went 1-for-2 with a RBI single and a strikeout in the first game of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. He experienced a strained right oblique during batting practice of another rehab game while recovering from a strained right hamstring.
• Paul Konerko, who is on the DL because of a strained lower back, has dominated against Price, going 10-for-20 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his career versus the left-hander.
• James Loney is carrying a career-high 16-game hitting streak, batting .406 during that stretch.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.