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Zach Stewart gets nod to face Cubs on Monday

Updated: July 19, 2012 6:23AM

LOS ANGELES — The White Sox considered a minor-league call-up to pitch against the Cubs on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Zach Stewart is glad they didn’t.

“I’m real excited,” said Stewart, the Sox’ long-relief man who won his spot on the team for his ability to make spot starts. “I’m sure it will be a packed house and a big series.”

They’re all big when it’s the Cubs, especially for the fans. But a sellout isn’t expected at the Cell, though it’ll be close. The Sox haven’t been a big draw, and Cubs fans have cooled on their hapless team.

Regardless, the Sox fed off the energy in the first series at Wrigley Field, using a three-game sweep May 18-20 to get on a 13-1 roll that ushered them into first place. Stewart said he’ll approach the game Monday like any other.

“It’s a big game, but you prepare the same way whatever the series,” he said.

Stewart, who gave up a couple of home runs in a mop-up outing at Wrigley, said he’ll go as long as needed, but manager Robin Ventura is prepared to go to a bullpen that will have starter Philip Humber in it — for one day.

“I feel like I’m in pretty good shape,’’ Stewart said. “They haven’t talked about a plan, but I’m willing to go as deep as they want me to go.’’

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