Preview: White Sox at Twins
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[June 20, 2017]
The Minnesota Twins watched
their lead in the American League Central disappear while dropping
four straight over the weekend to the Cleveland Indians. The Twins
will try to turn things around ahead of another showdown with
Cleveland next weekend when they host the Chicago White Sox in the
opener of a three-game series on Tuesday.
Minnesota was outscored 28-8 in dropping four straight to the
Indians over the weekend and is 2-6 on its 11-game homestand. "You
let four games go to your chief competitor and somehow you have to
get past it and learn from it," Twins manager Paul Molitor told
reporters. "I don't know if you want to use it as a measuring stick,
but hopefully the guys learn what it takes to go out there, and
hopefully we're better for it." The White Sox are winners of five of
their last seven games but missed out on a chance to sweep the
Toronto Blue Jays when they dropped a 7-3 decision on Sunday. The
Twins will try to stop the bleeding behind ace Ervin Santana while
the White Sox counter with lefty Derek Holland.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox LH Derek Holland (5-6, 3.79 ERA) vs.
Twins RH Ervin Santana (8-4, 2.56)
Holland snapped a three-start losing streak last Tuesday by holding
the Baltimore Orioles to one run on eight hits and two walks in six
innings. The 30-year-old was lit up for 14 runs and 17 hits in a
combined seven innings over his first two June outings. Holland was
not at his best against Minnesota on May 11, when he was charged
with seven runs - three earned - on six hits and four walks in five
innings to absorb the loss.
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Santana sandwiched two poor starts around a shutout
in his last three turns and is searching for the consistency that
made him the best pitcher in the AL over the first six weeks. The
Dominican Republic native was charged with five runs on nine hits
and a walk in five innings against Seattle on Wednesday. Santana
breezed through two starts against the White Sox in April,
surrendering a total of three hits in 15 scoreless innings en route
to two wins.
1. The White Sox placed OF Leury Garcia (finger) on the 10-day
disabled list, retroactive to Friday.
2. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is 5-for-30 with nine strikeouts in his
last nine games.
3. Chicago LHP Carlos Rodon (biceps) is expected to make one more
rehab start this week before returning to the rotation.
PREDICTION: Twins 5, White Sox 1
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