MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 7: Brian Duensing #52 of the Minnesota Twins asks for a new ball as Brent Lillibridge #18 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning on August 7, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

White Sox At Twins: Chicago Completes First Sweep In Minnesota Since 2004

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White Sox Thump Twins, 7-0, To Complete Sweep

Jake Peavy had not been credited with a win since June 25, but the Chicago White Sox right-hander got the perfect cure for that on Sunday afternoon.

He got an opportunity to face the Minnesota Twins' offense.

Peavy (5-5, 4.63 ERA) pitched eight brilliant innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six, and four Chicago home runs powered the White Sox to their first sweep of the Twins in Minnesota since 2004 with a 7-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Brian Duensing (8-10, 4.56 ERA) took the brunt of the damage for the Twins, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work. He frequently worked from behind in the count, getting first-pitch strikes against just eight of the 28 batters he faced. Alex Burnett worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing a two-run homer to Alexei Ramirez, and Jose Mijares worked two innings of relief, giving up a solo home run to Alex Rios. Chicago's two home runs off of Duensing were solo blasts by Brent Lillibridge and Paul Konerko.

Minnesota's three hits off of Peavy were a first-inning double by Joe Mauer, an infield single by Matt Tolbert in the third (who was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second), and a single by Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the third. The Twins then went without a hit until the bottom of the ninth, when Ben Revere doubled off of reliever Matt Thornton.

Thanks to Detroit's loss to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon, the Twins remain ten games out in the American League Central, but now find themselves 12 games under .500 with today's loss.

The Twins will remain at home for their next series, as the Boston Red Sox will bring the American League's best record (potentially, pending the results of their game tonight against the New York Yankees) to Target Field. First pitch on Monday night is scheduled for 6:00 PM Central, and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Scott Baker (8-6, 3.01 ERA) will try to snap the Twins' four-game losing streak, while Boston is scheduled to start knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (6-4, 4.99 ERA).


Twins Attempt To Avoid Sweep At Hands Of White Sox

Going into this weekend's series against the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins had defeated Chicago in 24 of their last 30 meetings. However, going into the finale of their three-game set at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, the Twins will look to avoid a fate that has not befallen them since July 1, 2004. . .being swept by the White Sox in Minneapolis.

The post-season is, likely, already a lost cause for the Twins, who dropped ten games behind the Detroit Tigers with Saturday night's sloppy 6-1 loss. With just 49 games remaining in the season, the Twins will have to play at an over .600 clip the rest of the way just to finish at .500 or better.

In order to try to stop this most recent slide, the Twins will send left-hander Brian Duensing (8-9, 4.50 ERA) to the mound. Duensing has only faced the White Sox once this season, and came away with a no-decision. On July 9, he allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work, but the Twins ended up losing the game by a final score of 4-3. Duensing has been up-and-down over his four starts since then, posting a 2-2 record. In his last start against the Los Angeles Angels Rangers, he allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings in a 5-1 Minnesota loss back on Tuesday.

The White Sox will counter with right-hander Jake Peavy (4-5, 5.13 ERA). Peavy has not been credited with a victory since June 25, having gone 0-4 with two no-decisions in his six starts since that time. In his one start against Minnesota this season, he was not impressive, lasting just 4.1 innings and allowing five runs on ten hits as the Twins won 6-3 back on July 10. Peavy was solid in his last start this past Monday against the New York Yankees, allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work, but still took the loss as the White Sox fell to the Bronx Bombers 3-2.

First pitch for this one is scheduled for 1:10 PM Central time at Target Field. Twinkie Town will have the Game Thread up for you to discuss the in-game action, and we will have the recap here for you when everything gets finished.


Twins Fall Ten Back In AL Central With 6-1 Loss To White Sox

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The Minnesota Twins dropped their third straight game on Saturday night with a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. That loss, coupled with the Detroit Tigers' win over the Kansas City Royals, means that the Twins are now ten games back in the American League Central with just 49 games remaining in the 2011 baseball season.

Chicago got on the board first in this one against Carl Pavano (6-9, 4.71 ERA) after the two teams exchanged zeroes for the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, the White Sox got a two-out single from Paul Konerko to score Brent Morel and take a 1-0 lead. On the next batter, Juan Pierre attempted to steal third, but Danny Valencia was unable to field the throw from Drew Butera and the ball went into left field. Valencia was charged with an error, and Pierre scored to make it 2-0 in favor of Chicago.

The Twins got one back in the bottom of the sixth against Chicago starter Zach Stewart (1-1, 3.91 ERA), when Kubel reached on a one-out single, and Jim Thome followed that up with a double to put runners on second and third. Valencia then singled to score Kubel, and cut the deficit to 2-1. The Twins appeared to be in a position to score more, but Delmon Young grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The score remained 2-1 until the top of the ninth inning, when Glen Perkins came in to relieve Pavano. Alejandro De Aza led off the inning with a single and stole second base. After striking out Morel, Perkins walked Pierre, and was lifted for Joe Nathan. On Nathan's first hitter, he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed De Aza to score from second thanks to an assist from Drew Butera and a throw that got away. Nathan then walked Alexei Ramirez while Pierre stole third base, and Pierre came in to score on Konerko's ground out to the shortstop to make the score 4-1. Brent Lillibridge then put the cherry on the sundae for the White Sox with a two-run homer to left field to make the score 6-1.

The Twins will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon when they host the White Sox in the series finale, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM Central time. The White Sox will send right-hander Jake Peavy (4-5, 5.13 ERA) to the mound, while the Twins will counter with left-hander Brian Duensing (8-9, 4.50 ERA).


Twins Look For Rebound With Pavano

With the way the Minnesota Twins have been playing against the Chicago White Sox over the last few seasons, you’d almost have to call the Pale Hose a slump buster for the Twins.

What’s a slumpbuster, you say?

Well, let’s just call it a ‘confidence boost’. Yeah, about that…

The Twins, who have dominated the Sox more than any one team has dominated another in baseball in recent history, came up short last night, losing 5-3. In short, they couldn’t score with the fat chick at closing time.

That’s because, for the most part, the Twins have been looking to score in gay bars more often than not this season. And not that there’s anything wrong with that. but if you need gain your confidence back, hitting on fat lesbians usually isn’t the best solution.

So tonight, the Twins will be out on the town again, this time with Carl ‘Look At My Pornstache’ Pavano, and they’ll be hitting the night club scene with the shirt un buttoned one button too far, a little too much cologne, and one extra gold chain, just to make sure.

First pitch is at 6:10 CST from Target Field.


Blackburn Wild As Twins Fall To White Sox, 5-3

The Minnesota Twins fell even further out of the American League Central race on Friday night, as they were defeated by the Chicago White Sox by a score of 5-3 at Target Field. The game is the first of a three-game weekend set between two teams that are fighting to get back into the division hunt.

With the Twins loss and the Detroit Tigers defeating Kansas City, Minnesota now finds themselves nine games out of first place with just 50 game remaining in their 2011 regular season.

The White Sox got on the board first, courtesy of a fielder's choice by Carlos Quentin that scored Juan Pierre to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, but the Twins struck back in the bottom half of the inning with a three-spot against White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (9-5, 3.04 ERA). Ben Revere reached to start the inning courtesy of an error by Chicago first baseman Adam Dunn, and moved to second on Matt Tolbert's groundout. Joe Mauer then singled to left, allowing Revere to score and tie the game at one. After a flyout by Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel took Buehrle deep to right field for a two-run homer, putting the Twins ahead 3-1.

That's all the offense that the Twins would get for the evening, and the White Sox chipped away at the Minnesota lead. Quentin struck again in the top of the third, as he launched a 431-foot home run to center field off of Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.58 ERA), a solo shot to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-2. Blackburn had control issues all night long, issuing six walks in his 5.1 innings of work, and that caught up with him in the top of the fifth. With one out, Blackburn walked Dunn. . .who is hitting just .165 on the season. . .and Quentin made the Twins pay for it with his second home run of the night, this one a two-run shot that put the White Sox in front, 4-3.

Chicago tacked on one more run in the top of the eighth inning, after Matt Capps loaded the bases and was relieved by Glen Perkins. Perkins uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score and give the White Sox an insurance run, putting them ahead 5-3.

The Twins' offense disappeared after the first inning in this one, managing just three hits over the final eight innings of play. Kubel doubled with two out in the ninth to give the Twins a glimmer of hope, but Danny Valencia went down on three strikes to end the game.

The Twins and White Sox will get together again on Saturday night at Target Field, with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 PM Central time. Minnesota will hope that right-hander Carl Pavano (6-8, 4.90 ERA) can turn around his recent struggles, while the White Sox will counter with right-hander Zach Stewart (0-1, 4.86 ERA).


White Sox At Twins: Minnesota Needs To Turn Things Around Quickly

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