Rough outings have been few and far between for Chris Sale during his dominant and injury-shortened season. His last start, when he allowed four earned runs in six innings, qualifies as one for the American League Cy Young Award candidate.
The left-hander will try to bounce back from the rare rough day when his White Sox finish a three-game series against the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I just was kind of erratic," Sale said after his last start. "Fastball command wasn't really there at all the whole night."
Sale (10-1), whose 2.09 ERA ranks behind only Felix Hernandez in the American League, had only allowed four earned runs in a start one other time this season. Facing last-place Texas is an opportunity for Sale to get back on track.
But Nick Tepesch, who's getting the start for the Rangers after missing his last turn with a knee injury, won't be fazed by the pitcher on the mound opposite him. Tepesch (3-7) had struggled before skipping a start, going 0-4 with a 7.15 ERA. There's nothing he can do, though, if Sale returns to his usual dominant self.
"I'm not worried about who I am pitching against," Tepesch said. "It's the opposing lineup."
White Sox: Chicago suffers another blowout
Before Sunday, the White Sox hadn't allowed more than 12 runs in any game this season. On Sunday, they surrendered 16 to the Twins. Two days later, the Rangers piled on 16 more.
The Rangers jumped ahead early with three runs in the opening frame and four more in the second. After scoreless third and fourth innings, Texas scored two more in the fifth, another in the sixth and broke out for four more in the seventh.
By the end of the day, designated hitter Adam Dunn was on the mound for Chicago and the White Sox had suffered a 16-0 loss.
Rangers: Odor to sit, Andrus to play against Sale
Manager Ron Washington is planning to sit rookie second baseman Rougned Odor on Wednesday afternoon against Sale. Washington doesn't want to have Odor go up against a pitcher who has held left-handed hitters to a .125 average this season.
So Adam Rosales will likely start at second base. Elvis Andrus, a right-handed hitter, is going to start at shortstop. Andrus is 0-for-15 in his career against Sale, but Washington wants all the right-handed hitters he can get into the lineup.
"And if he doesn't get a hit, he'll be 0-for-19 against him," Washington said. "But he's going to play."
Rosales is 5-for-9 with two home runs in his career against Sale, tied for his most against any pitcher. Rosales also has two off Baltimore's Brian Matusz.
• Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is hitting .333 in day games, sixth best in the American League.
• The Rangers are 14-17 in day games.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.