Preview: Twins at White Sox
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[May 11, 2017]
The Minnesota Twins answered a
disastrous weekend stretch in which they surrendered 28 runs over
two games to once again keep the bats of the Chicago White Sox under
wraps. Winners of eight of their last 12, the Twins vie for a sweep
of a rain-shortened series on Thursday as they visit the White Sox
for the finale of the set.
Kennys Vargas homered for the second straight contest as he belted a
two-run shot in Tuesday's 7-2 triumph by Minnesota, which has won
four of the seven meetings between the teams while holding Chicago
to just 15 runs. The Twins have prospered away from Target Field,
beginning their six-game trek with their eighth win in 12 road
contests. The White Sox have been outscored 21-9 during their
four-game losing streak, with their offense mustering just four hits
in the series opener. The American League Central rivals will make
up Wednesday's game as part of a straight doubleheader on Aug. 21.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Phil Hughes (4-1, 4.32 ERA) vs. White Sox
LH Derek Holland (3-2, 2.02)
Hughes pitched well enough to record his third straight victory on
Friday before settling for a no-decision despite allowing one run
and six hits in 6 2/3 innings against Boston. The 30-year-old
permitted a solo homer versus the Red Sox, marking the fifth time
he's been taken deep in as many starts. Hughes got the better of
Holland when the teams met on April 7, yielding one run and five
hits in six innings of a 3-1 triumph.
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Holland has not allowed more than two earned runs in
any of his six starts, although he fell to 2-4 lifetime versus the
Twins despite pitching six strong innings in the early April
encounter. The 30-year-old kept the ball in the park in that outing
and has done so in four of six trips to the mound. Holland picked up
his second win in his last three starts last Thursday after allowing
two runs - one earned - and three hits in 6 2/3 frames of an 8-3
romp at Kansas City.
1. Chicago LF Melky Cabrera was hitless in four at-bats in the
opener to fall to 2-for-16 in four games versus Minnesota this
2. Twins 3B Miguel Sano will return to the lineup after serving a
one-game suspension for shoving Detroit C James McCann during a
bench-clearing altercation on April 22.
3. White Sox RF Avisail Garcia went 11-for-22 in his first six games
versus the Twins before going 0-for-4 on Tuesday.
PREDICTION: Twins 3, White Sox 2
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