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Humber gets out of a bases-loaded jam

An early-season doubleheader between the Indians and White Sox gives the Tribe a chance to extend its lead atop the American League Central standings and the third-place White Sox an opportunity to make up some ground.

The White Sox head to Cleveland on Monday and will take care of two games of the four-game set in a day-night doubleheader. The first half of the twin bill, scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, is a makeup of a postponed April 10 contest. The regularly-scheduled game will follow at 7:05 p.m.

The two teams have already met five times this season, with the White Sox winning three of those contests.

Zach McAllister will make his 2012 debut in Game 1, after making four starts last year (three spot starts and the season finale), going 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA. He allowed eight earned runs in one of the outings.

"Last year was good for me, a good learning experience," McAllister said. "It helped with my confidence and let me know I can pitch up here. Spring Training was good, too. I was very happy with how I did in the spring, and I'm looking forward to continuing that success."

He'll be opposed by Philip Humber, who has faltered in his last two starts after tossing a perfect game on April 21 against the Mariners. He walked a career-high six batters over six innings on Wednesday, through he struck out six and left with the score tied at 3 after six innings.

"I keep putting myself in situations where I've got to make a great pitch," Humber said. "To be successful, I have to get back to the basics of attacking the zone and putting the pressure on their hitters. I have to let our guys have chances to make plays because our defense is really good, and I'm not taking advantage of that right now."

Cleveland's Josh Tomlin and Chicago's Eric Stults will go head-to-head in the nightcap. Tomlin, 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA, gave up three runs in six innings while striking out four in a road win against the White Sox on Wednesday.

White Sox: Stults to make 2012 debut
Like McAllister, Stults will be making his first big league appearance of the season on Monday night. The left-hander appeared in six games out of the bullpen for the Rockies last year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 12 innings of work.

He spent four seasons with the Dodgers, from 2006-09, where he started 24 of the 35 games he appeared in. He signed with the White Sox as a free agent on Dec. 1, 2011.

Stults will be called up form Triple-A Charlotte, where he has a 2.20 ERA in five starts.

"We'll see how it goes and make decisions based on how the next week shakes out," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We're still going over stuff after we put [Chris] Sale in the bullpen. I don't think anything is concrete."

Indians: Kipnis on a tear
• Jason Kipnis is riding a 10-game hit streak, batting .421 (16-for-38) with seven RBIs in that span.

• Indians starters have registered quality starts in eight of the club's last nine games, posting a 2.89 ERA (19 earned runs in 59 innings) in that span.

• Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .385 (25-for-65) over his last 16 games.

Worth noting
• Chicago's Adam Dunn has homered in four of his last five games.

• With a win Sunday, the Indians secured their third consecutive series win, which matches a season high. It was also Cleveland's first back-to-back series win at Progressive Field.

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