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Friday, August 9, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Twins 7, White Sox 5

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox opened a four-game series with a 7-5 defeat to the Minnesota Twins on Friday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.

How it happened: The Twins' Justin Morneau got the best of a battle with White Sox reliever Nate Jones and crushed a grand slam to right field in the seventh inning. White Sox starter John Danks struck out nine, but gave up three runs, getting charged with two that came home on Morneau's slam. The defeat ended the White Sox's three-game winning streak and dropped them to 2-7 against the Twins this season. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez hit home runs, while Ramirez drove in two runs in the ninth inning.

What it means: The game was clearly not as significant as what happened immediately before it as Alex Rios was traded to the Texas Rangers. Rios was originally supposed to start in right field before a trade was completed. During the game, the White Sox announced that outfielder Avisail Garcia was being called up from Triple-A Charlotte. The former Detroit Tigers product, who has impact potential, is a piece of the team's plan for better run production moving forward.

Outside the box: It hasn't been the power year Ramirez hoped for as his fifth-inning home run was his first since the second game of the season, April 3 against the Kansas City Royals. Before the season, Ramirez said he was dedicating himself to better defense and more run production, neither of which has come to fruition. Ramirez went 451 at-bats between home runs.

Off beat: The Danks brothers started in a major league game for the first time. After Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch because of a sore thumb, Jordan Danks got the call in the outfield to back up his brother John Danks, the starting pitcher. At Triple-A Charlotte on May 12 they were both in the starting lineup with Jordan Danks collecting two hits and three RBIs in support of his brother. On Friday, Jordan Danks reached base three times on a walk, single and hit by a pitch before grounding out in the eighth inning.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Charlie Leesman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound for his major league debut in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. The Twins will counter with right-hander Liam Hendricks (0-1, 4.66) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.