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Wednesday, June 5th (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (24-32) at Seattle Mariners (26-33), 3:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.04) Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (6-1, 2.13)

(Sports Network) - The slumping Chicago White Sox look to avoid being swept for a third straight series when they try to salvage the finale of a three- game set Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

The White Sox lost all three meetings in a rain-shortened series against the Chicago Cubs, dropped three in a row to the Oakland Athletics over the weekend and are now on the cusp of being swept out of the Emerald City.

After suffering a 4-2 setback in Seattle on Monday, the White Sox fared no better in last night's 7-4 defeat behind a shaky showing from starting pitcher Jake Peavy. Peavy allowed six runs and seven hits, including a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the first inning, and left the game after 2 1/3 innings with pain in his left side.

"Early on you could see ... (he) didn't seem to have the zip that you normally see," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Peavy. "I think it got worse for one reason or another just watching him throw."

Peavy underwent X-rays, which were negative, and is expected to have an MRI Wednesday morning in Seattle.

"You never know, I guess," Peavy told the club's website after his abbreviated outing. "We'll know tomorrow, but I can't imagine throwing the ball here in the next few days feeling the way I feel now."

Adam Dunn belted his 13th home run, while Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza finished with two hits apiece for the White Sox, who have lost a season-high eight in a row since reaching the .500 mark and are winless in nine straight on the road. Chicago is 0-7 on an eight-game road trip and will return home Wednesday night for a seven-game residency versus Oakland and Toronto.

Chicago went 5-2 on its last homestand versus Boston (2-1), Miami (3-0) and the Cubs (0-1).

White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod looks to get back to his recent winning ways when he takes the mound Wednesday after having his personal three-game winning streak come to an end the last time out.

Axelrod pitched extremely well in a 3-0 loss at Oakland on Friday, when he struck out seven and walked none over seven innings of two-run ball. He scattered four hits and dropped to 3-4 in 11 starts to go along with a 4.04 earned run average.

The right-hander, who opened the season 0-3 through seven starts, did not receive a decision in his season debut on April 6 against Seattle and yielded one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 win. It was Axelrod's first appearance against the Mariners.

Axelrod is just 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA in five road assignments.

Seattle's three-team, 10-day homestand has gotten off to a nice start and the club will have its brooms ready for the White Sox. After Joe Saunders handled the Pale Hose with ease in the series opener, it was ace Felix Hernandez's turn on Tuesday.

King Felix pushed his record to 7-4 by striking out eight batters and allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings. It wasn't his best stuff, but Hernandez was able to pitch the Mariners to their sixth win in 10 tries.

"Felix had to grind it out a bit today," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He made it difficult on himself working behind sometimes, left a few pitches out over early on. But he did a nice job of reeling it back in. He was a little sloppy with his delivery early on, but he tightened it up and had a great fastball tonight, he really did. He was strong, even late in the ballgame."

Ibanez homered for the second night in a row and has six RBI in that span, while Kendrys Morales and Nick Franklin had two hits and an RBI apiece.

The Mariners, who are 12-6 in their last 18 games at Safeco Field, will begin a four-game series versus the New York Yankees on Thursday, followed by a three-game set with the Houston Astros.

It's been more than a month since Hisashi Iwakuma lost a start and the Japanese right-hander looks to keep his unbeaten streak alive Wednesday versus the White Sox. Iwakuma is 4-0 with a 2.22 earned run average in his last seven starts with Seattle going 6-1 in that time.

Iwakuma is coming off Friday's 3-0 win at Minnesota in which he delivered 7 2/3 scoreless innings, five strikeouts and two walks to improve to 6-1 in 12 trips to the mound with a 2.13 earned run average. Iwakuma, who is 2-0 in five home starts, did not record a decision in a 4-3 loss at Chicago on April 7, when he yielded three runs in eight innings.

In three career meetings (1 start) against the White Sox, Iwakuma, who hasn't tasted defeat since April 23 at Houston, has no record and a 2.77 ERA (13 innings).

Despite losing the first two games of this series, Chicago has dominated the head-to-head series against Seattle of late with a 35-13 mark since 2008. The White Sox, however, saw their eight-game winning streak in the Emerald City come to an end on Monday.

06/05 10:19:49 ET

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CREI 65
NCCU 43
 
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NCSU 64
SFLA 52
 
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MIA
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CHA
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GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
 
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
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FAIR 80
SD 72
Final
EMICH 79
LONG 48
 
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ND 74
PROV 75
 
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
Final
OKLA 90
NWST 68
 
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KSU 59
YALE 66
 
2nd
CREI 65
NCCU 43
 
2nd
NCSU 64
SFLA 52
 
Final
UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 60
USC 59
 
Final
HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 38
DAY 41
 
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MON 53
TOWS 43
 
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HOF 55
WAGN 32
 
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CIN 26
EILL 26
 
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UGA 35
FATL 27
 
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BRAD 33
NCAT 21
 
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LATU 40
PBY 23
 
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RUTG 45
Terriers 32
 
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SAMF 36
UMKC 25
 
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NAVY 14
BING 14
 
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WIN 2
STL 1
 
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NYR
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ANA
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HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 9
ARI 3
 
3rd
SDC 13
STL 10
 
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DEN 17
MIA 21
 
3rd
SFX 10
WAS 7
 
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NYG
DAL