Twins Vs. White Sox: Minnesota Opens Road Series Against Struggling Sox

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins receives a standing ovation after leaving the field following the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 13, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Athletics defeated the Twins 6-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Twins are off to Chicago to face the Chicago White Sox, who have been mired in a slump as of late.

Two weeks ago, the Chicago White Sox were surging. After five straight losses, including three to the team they were trying to hold back in the standings, they're surprisingly slumping at just the wrong time. The Minnesota Twins will head out to face them at U.S. Cellular Field starting on Monday for a three game set, looking to get themselves out of the basement in the AL Central.

They'll have one of the most puzzling pitchers on their roster out on the mount for game one, Francisco Liriano (3-9, 4.81 ERA). The big guy who once no-hit the White Sox has been in surprisingly good form in recent weeks as the Twins have looked to shop him around, but there have as-of-yet been no takers.

The Sox will counter with righty Gavin Floyd (7-8, 4.54 ERA), pitching for the first time since July 7 after being injured his last time out. They'll need a good game from Floyd to keep the Minnesota bats down, their downfall in the series against the Tigers was letting Detroit slug it around like their powerful offense always is a threat to do.

The game will be at U.S. Cellular Field at 8:10 p.m. ET.

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