Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers: Live Score, Video and Analysis

James KriesContributor IJuly 27, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JULY 21: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 21, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In a battle of two division leaders, the Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (8:05 p.m. EST; live game stream on MLB.TV).

The White Sox are coming off of a three-game home sweep of the Minnesota Twins and will hit the road again Friday for the first of a three-game series with the Rangers. The White Sox are in the midst of playing 16 out of 19 games on the road.

After the Detroit Tigers' loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, the White Sox are currently in sole possession of first place in the AL Central.

Despite only winning eight games in the month of July, the Rangers still hold a five-game lead in the AL West over the Los Angeles Angels.

Game 1 pits two of the game's most exciting starting pitchers against each other. The White Sox start lefty Chris Sale, who holds an impressive 11-3 record with a 2.37 earned run average. The Rangers will counter with rookie Yu Darvish, who will try and improve the Rangers' record to 20 games over .500.

Darvish has not disappointed during his first season in the U.S., averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Friday night's game will be the first time Darvish will match up with the White Sox, who hold a 4-2 edge over the Rangers in the season series.

Keep it here tonight for live-score updates and analysis when the White Sox take on the Rangers.