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"Just trying to pick around the plate a little bit too much," Blackburn said. "With the way things have been going, I haven't really been trusting my pitches lately and tonight everything was down in the strike zone, I had good movement, but I wasn't relaxing enough."
The White Sox left the bases loaded twice, were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners.
They managed to get one run home with the bases loaded when Alexei Ramirez scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.
"This is the White Sox up and down, unpredictable team," Guillen said.
Joe Mauer -- getting another start at first base -- drove in the Twins' other run with a single in the first.
Jim Thome, who needs two more home runs to reach 600, did not play against his former team. Center fielder Denard Span returned from a concussion earlier this week, but sat out Friday.
NOTES: The White Sox announced after that game that RHP Zach Stewart will be called up to start Saturday's game in place of RHP Jake Peavy. Peavy will be pushed back to Sunday. Reliever Brian Bruney was designated for assignment to make room for Stewart. ... Guillen on Thome possibly hitting his 600th home run this weekend: "I hope if he hits it, it's not to win the game. But I want to see it." ... White Sox CF Alex Rios, hitting .153 in his last 22 games, didn't start, but pinch-ran for Konerko in the eighth. ... Twins 2B Alexi Casilla (right hamstring) took grounders before the game and is on track to return next week. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester. ... Buehrle's streak of 17 games allowing three runs or fewer is tied with Dave Lemonds for the longest in White Sox history. ... Carl Pavano starts for the Twins on Saturday night against Stewart. ... Stewart is making his first start since coming over in a trade with the Blue Jays. ... Pavano is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA against the White Sox this season. ... Konerko's walk in the first inning was the first time a White Sox hitter drew a walk in 133 plate appearances. ... Kubel's home run was the 100th of his career and 20th against the White Sox. ... Quentin's last multi-homer game was June 8 against Seattle. ... Twins 3B Danny Valencia committed his 15th error in 105 games. He had six errors in 81 games last season.
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