Something will have to give Friday night in Toronto when the White Sox and Blue Jays meet up for the second of a four-game series.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has fared worse against Chicago than any other team, will take the mound for Toronto. His counterpart, John Danks, has run into serious problems away from home this season.
Dickey has an 8.22 ERA in eight career outings against the White Sox. In two starts versus Chicago last season, Dickey had polar opposite results. In Chicago, he was rocked to the tune of 10 hits and seven runs over five innings. But at the Rogers Centre, he held the White Sox to only two hits, no runs and struck out seven over six frames.
Dickey has struggled to keep the ball in the yard at times this season. He has given up at least one homer in each of his past seven starts.
"I think all but one of my earned runs over the last four or five outings have come via the home run," Dickey said after his last start in Cincinnati. "That's tough sometimes to overcome."
While Dickey will be facing White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu for the first time, two other Chicago players -- Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko -- have each shown they can go yard off Dickey. Both players have a pair of homers in a combined 26 at-bats against the right-hander.
Meanwhile, Danks' ERA away from U.S. Cellular Field is 6.31, compared to just 2.77 at home. His road woes match those of the White Sox, who have lost 10 of their last 11 away from Chicago.
Danks was particularly hard on himself following his last outing, in which he gave up six runs in five innings in a loss at Minnesota.
"You can't blame anyone but me on this one," Danks said after that start. "These guys did plenty to win a ballgame. I guess I got in the way of that."
Of all the opposing ballparks to give Danks problems in his career, Rogers Centre has been one of the most unforgiving. He has a 7.61 ERA in five career starts in Toronto.
White Sox: Eaton leaves Thursday's game with leg cramps
White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton left the series opener Thursday night with left leg cramps.
Eaton had been riding a 12-game hitting streak and a 20-game on-base streak, but both of those came to an end when he exited in the first inning after hitting a chopper to second base.
Eaton appeared to wince while running down the line, and he was replaced in center field in the bottom half of the inning by Leury Garcia.
"It didn't look good, it didn't feel good," Eaton said. "We'll be kind of day to day, I guess right now. I feel better after some of the treatment I've been doing. We'll continue to work on it."
Eaton is batting .284 with 22 RBIs this season. He went on the 15-day disabled list in May for a strained right hamstring.
Blue Jays: Tolleson visits cornea specialist
After experiencing some blurred vision recently, Steve Tolleson met with a cornea specialist Thursday morning and was prescribed a new pair of glasses.
Tolleson underwent Lasik surgery in 2009 and had been experiencing perfect vision since. But in the past few weeks, some issues popped up, and they were made worse when he attempted to wear contact lenses.
"[The doctor] said he'd only seen this one or two other times and they were both with previous Lasik patients," Tolleson said. "It seems that people after they have Lasik just can't wear contacts.
"So it was a very small vision correction anyway, even debatable whether I would wear glasses or not with it. It's just the contacts that I wore for those three days just irritated it and caused a reaction and that's what happened yesterday."
Tolleson was held out of the starting lineup Thursday, but did play the final three innings at third base. He went 0-for-1 at the plate.
• Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes had his first four-hit game of the season Thursday night, going 4-for-5 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. He has had back-to-back three-hit games for the first time since July 25-26, 2013.
• Eaton's streak of reaching safely in 20 consecutive games was the longest by a White Sox player since Juan Pierre reached in 29 straight games in 2010.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.