The White Sox have won just one game in their last six, but they have a chance to alleviate their road woes with a series win Wednesday night in Baltimore.
Chicago snapped a five-game skid Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over the Orioles.
Manager Robin Ventura said that, even though his team has been struggling, he hasn't come close to panicking. Over the recent five-game losing streak, the White Sox were outscored by only seven runs.
"This is just not getting that run, that extra hit that we need," Ventura said, comparing this year's skid to some of last year's struggles. "There's a lot of different things that go into it. It's not as sloppy as last year."
The Orioles' Wednesday starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, has not exactly endeared himself to his hometown fans since signing a four-year, $50 million contract this past offseason.
Jimenez, who reportedly swapped a Rolex watch for teammate Kevin Gausman's uniform number upon signing, has yet to win a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this season. In eight career starts in Baltimore, Jimenez is 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA.
Manager Buck Showalter has nevertheless seen some signs of encouragement out of the tall right-hander.
"I thought he pitched pretty well the last two times out, last time out especially," Showalter said. "I think when you see his track record of better performance in the second half of the season, you kind of like the idea of getting him back out there and seeing if we can get on that roll."
In that last start, Jimenez allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in an Orioles loss at Yankee Stadium. He'll be opposed by bullpen convert Hector Noesi.
Noesi has appeared in seven games against Baltimore, two of them starts. In those appearances, he's 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA.
Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz are a combined 4-for-9 lifetime against Noesi with a pair of homers.
White Sox: Rienzo sent to 'pen
Tuesday, manager Robin Ventura swapped Andre Rienzo, who had been scheduled to start Thursday against the Blue Jays, for Scott Carroll.
Carroll began the season as a starter, but moved to the bullpen after five starts. Over those five outings, he posted a 6.15 ERA. But the move to a relief role has done him considerable good.
"Scotty's been throwing great," Ventura said.
Rienzo has lost his past five starts and allowed 22 runs in 22 1/3 innings.
Orioles: Machado to have appeal heard Wednesday
In a Wednesday hearing, Manny Machado will appeal his five-game suspension for his role in two separate incidents stemming from a series in Oakland earlier this month.
The club still hopes to have Machado for its Friday doubleheader, since it can take a few days for a final agreement to be reached.
"I don't think it needs to be resolved before Saturday, what do you think?" Showalter said of Machado's appeal. "I'm hoping that they will take all five games away."
Four of the games of Machado's punishment come from his part in a June 8 benches-clearing brawl with the A's, while the other game comes from the series opener, during which he took exception to a tag from third baseman Josh Donaldson.
"It's a long process, something that's going to continue," Machado said. "Eventually it's going to come to the end, see what the plan is. I've been out here playing. I don't want to be down for five days and not help out my teammates."
• The Orioles have lost consecutive games just twice this month.
• White Sox rookie Jose Abreu enters the game on a nine-game hitting streak.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.