MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 7: Chris Parmelee #64 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two RBI double as A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox catches in the third inning on September 7, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

White Sox At Twins: Minnesota Beats Chicago, 5-4, To Avoid Sweep

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Valencia, Parmelee Lead Twins Past White Sox, 5-4

After going 20 straight innings without registering a run, the Minnesota Twins offense actually put some numbers on the board against the Chicago White Sox, and did just enough to avoid a four-game sweep.

Danny Valencia and rookie Chris Parmelee each drove in two runs, and the Twins held off a late Chicago rally to hang on for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night at Target Field.

The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning, when the Twins finally did a bit of damage off of White Sox starter John Danks. With runners on first and second and two men out, Danks hit Joe Mauer with a pitch to load the bases. Valencia then came through with a two-run single to give the Twins their first lead in. . .well, in a really long time, putting them ahead 2-0. Parmelee followed that up with a double to deep center field that brought home two more runs and staked Minnesota starter Carl Pavano to a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.

Chicago answered back with two runs in the top of the fifth and another in the top of the sixth to cut the Minnesota lead to 4-3. The Twins added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko to make the score 5-3 in favor of Minnesota. A.J. Pierzynski's RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth brought the White Sox within one run again at 5-4, but the White Sox would get no closer. Joe Nathan came into the game in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the first two Chicago hitters he faced, and followed that up by getting Omar Vizquel to line out to shortstop to end the game.

The loss snapped a five-game losing streak for the Twins, and the four runs they scored on Wednesday night were double the number of runs that they scored in the previous four games combined.

Minnesota will take the day off on Thursday, and then travel to Detroit for a three-game set with the Tigers starting on Friday night. The pitching match-up for the series opener will feature Kevin Slowey (0-4, 5.31 ERA) taking the mound for the Twins, while the Tigers will counter with Brad Penny (9-10, 5.13 ERA).

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Twins Will Try To Solve White Sox And Avoid Four-Game Sweep

In their first three games against the Chicago White Sox in this series, the Minnesota Twins have scored a total of one run. This is generally not considered a formula that is conducive to winning ball games, and the Twins will have to do better on Wednesday night at Target Field if they want to avoid getting swept.

The Twins have not scored since Luke Hughes' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of the first game of Monday's double-header, having gone 18 consecutive innings without denting the scoreboard. Zach Stewart was perfect into the eighth of Monday's nightcap for Chicago, and Jake Peavy shut the Twins out on six hits on Tuesday night.

If the Twins want to avoid getting swept, they're going to have to solve Chicago left-hander John Danks (6-10, 4.01 ERA). Danks has not faced the Twins since May 4, a game he lost after allowing three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work in a 3-2 Minnesota victory. In his last start against the Detroit Tigers, Danks got lit up for eight runs on nine hits in just 4.2 innings as the Tigers pounded the White Sox, 8-1, on Friday.

Minnesota will counter with their "ace". . .such as that term goes for this team. . .right-hander Carl Pavano (7-11, 4.60 ERA). Pavano has pitched three times against the White Sox this year, averaging eight innings a start and posting a 2-1 record. On June 15 at Target Field, he went the distance for Minnesota, allowing just one run on six hits in a 4-1 Twins win. He followed that up on July 7 by going seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits in a 6-2 Minnesota victory. On August 6, he went eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned), but it wasn't good enough as the White Sox came out on top, 6-1. Pavano was victorious in his last start on Friday, as he went 6.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) as the Twins defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 13-5.

First pitch from Target Field on Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time. Be sure to check out Twinkie Town while the game is taking place, and we will have the recap back here for you after things are finished.

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Peavy Hands Twins Second Straight Shutout Loss, 3-0

The Twins had three players in Tuesday night's lineup that were making their Major League debuts. I certainly hope that somebody will let them know that it does, indeed, get better than this.

For the second straight game, the Chicago White Sox completely shut down the Twins' offense, as Jake Peavy hurled 6.1 innings of shutout ball and struck out nine Twins as the White Sox went away with a 3-0 victory at Target Field.

The Twins entered the 2011 season having won 23 of 30 against the White Sox, and won the first six head-to-head match-ups between the two teams this season. Unfortunately, the Twins have dropped nine of the last eleven match-ups against Chicago, and their loss on Tuesday night was their 14th loss in their last 17 games overall.

Australian native Liam Hendriks performed admirably in his major league debut, going seven innings and allowing just four hits, but those four hits resulted in the three White Sox runs. Alejandro de Aza put the first run on the board with an RBI single in the top of the second to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Alex Rios tagged Hendriks for a solo home run in the top of the fourth to make the score 2-0. In the top of the fifth, outfielder Joe Benson, who was also making his major league debut on Tuesday night, misplayed a fly ball by de Aza to lead off the inning, turning into a triple. de Aza then scored on Brent Morel's single to make the score 3-0 in favor of Chicago.

The Twins got just six hits on the evening, but rookie Chris Parmelee. . .the third Twin to make his big league debut on Tuesday. . .had two of those hits with singles in the second and fourth innings. Only one of Minnesota's six hits went for extra innings, that being a third-inning double by Trevor Plouffe.

The Twins will try to avoid getting swept when the same two teams get together on Wednesday night at Target Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM. The pitching match-up will see left-hander John Danks (6-10, 4.01 ERA) go to the mound for Chicago, with the Twins handing the ball to right-hander Carl Pavano (7-11, 4.60 ERA).

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White Sox Shut Out Twins, 4-0, To Sweep Doubleheader

The Minnesota Twins' offense picked up right where they left off in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. . .which means we're not even sure if they bothered to show up at all.

White Sox starter Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning on Monday night at Target Field, and the Twins wound up with just one hit on the evening in a 4-0 loss to Chicago.

Minnesota's lone hit came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Danny Valencia doubled off of Stewart to break up the perfect game. Chicago did their damage thanks to a Juan Pierre RBI single in the top of the second off of Twins' starter Scott Diamond to make the score 1-0, and followed that up with an Alexei Ramirez RBI single in the top of the fifth to increase that lead to 2-0. Brent Morel singled with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the seventh to bring home two more Chicago runs, increasing the White Sox lead to 4-0 and providing the final margin of victory.

The loss for the Twins, coupled with Kansas City's victory over Oakland, moves the Twins back into last place in the American League Central division, half a game behind the Royals and 21 games out of first place in the American League Central division. One more loss by the Twins or one more victory by the Detroit Tigers will mathematically eliminate the Twins from the post-season hunt, even though they were realistically eliminated a long, long time ago.

The series will continue on Tuesday night from Target Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time. Right-hander Jake Peavy will take the hill for Chicago, and Twins fans will get to witness the debut of Australian right-hander Liam Hendriks, who was called up from Rochester to make the start for Minnesota.

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Humber Shuts Down Twins As White Sox Win, 2-1

The Minnesota Twins' offense disappeared once again on Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Former Twins' minor leaguer Philip Humber threw seven shutout innings for the Pale Hose, and Chicago took the opener of this four-game series by a score of 2-1.

Chicago did all of their damage in the second and third innings of this one. Alejandro de Aza had an RBI groundout to score A.J. Pierzynski in the top of the second to make the score 1-0, and Alexei Ramirez had an RBI double in the top of the third that scored Juan Pierre to stretch the White Sox lead to 2-0.

Minnesota's lone run came in the bottom of the ninth, courtesy of a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Luke Hughes to score Danny Valencia and cut the deficit to 2-1. The White Sox went through three pitchers in the ninth inning, but eventually got out of trouble, as Chris Sale struck out Jason Repko with a runner on first to finish the game.

Both starting pitchers performed fairly well, with Humber throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing six hits for Chicago. Anthony Swarzak went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits in a losing effort. The loss for the Twins was their 82nd of the year, meaning that the 2011 Twins will be a losing team.

The nightcap is scheduled to get underway at 7:10 PM Central time from Target Field. The pitching matchup will feature Zach Stewart (1-3, 5.48 ERA) for the White Sox and Scott Diamond (1-2, 4.82 ERA) for the Twins.

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Twins Return Home For Series With White Sox

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