In their pursuit of positives during another losing campaign, the
Twins have one in the recent production of star first baseman Joe
Mauer, who had three hits and four RBIs in Monday's 6-4 win at
Baltimore. Mauer, who is trying to salvage a difficult
injury-plagued year, has 17 RBIs in 21 games since coming off the
disabled list in August. After trading away veteran slugger Adam
Dunn on Sunday, the White Sox earned a split of a four-game series
in Detroit with a 6-2 win.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (8-9, 4.75 ERA) vs.
Twins LH Tommy Milone (6-4, 4.21)
Noesi picked up the win after allowing two runs and six hits with
five strikeouts in seven innings against Cleveland on Wednesday. It
was the fourth time in the last five starts that he has worked at
least seven innings, during which he has a 3.24 ERA. Noesi is 2-0
with a 3.60 ERA in five career games (three starts) against the
Twins, including a win at Minnesota on July 24 when he let up two
runs and three hits in a season-high 7 2/3 frames.
Since giving up two runs over six innings in his Minnesota debut on
Aug. 11, Milone is 0-1 with a 10.64 ERA in three starts while
failing to pick up a win in his last two outings despite the Twins
scoring 31 total runs. He failed to strike out a batter in 5 1/3
rocky innings of an 11-5 victory over Kansas City on Thursday, the
first time that has happened to the former Oakland pitcher since
April 9, 2012. Milone has yielded only two earned runs in 21 innings
in his career against the White Sox.
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1. Minnesota is 15-29 in series openers.
2. White Sox CF Adam Eaton is 12-for-28 with nine runs scored during a
seven-game hitting streak.
3. Twins rookie DH Kennys Vargas has 26 RBIs in his first 30 games.
PREDICTION: Twins 5, White Sox 4
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