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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Twins 3

September, 17, 2013
9/17/13
10:46
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday, for the fifth consecutive victory over their division rivals.

How it happened: Jose Quintana gave up just one run over six innings and the bullpen held on for the victory. The outing helped Quintana drop his ERA under 3.50 for the first time since he beat the Boston Red Sox on May 21. The White Sox won despite committing two errors in the infield. (It was originally three, but a late scoring change took a fielding error away from Paul Konerko.) Dayan Viciedo had RBI singles in consecutive innings to pace the offense.

What it means: The White Sox continue to show that against non-contenders they have plenty of energy to compete. The two victories mean the White Sox have already won the series against the Twins with one more game to play Wednesday. The last time they won a series was Aug. 26-28, when they got the best of the Houston Astros, another non-contender. Following that series, the White Sox lost consecutive series to the Red Sox, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.

Outside the box: On the occasion of his 23rd birthday Tuesday, Marcus Semien not only got the start at third base, he drove in the White Sox’s first run with a second-inning single while batting in the No. 9 hole. Since being called up in early September when rosters expanded, Semien has been impressive. He entered Tuesday’s game 7-for-17 (.438) in his previous five contests.

Offbeat: There actually was some defense on display Tuesday, first in the fifth inning when White Sox right fielder Jordan Danks was completely extended on a diving catch to rob Trevor Plouffe of a hit. In the sixth inning, Twins pitcher Josh Roenicke took his best shot at a highlight-reel play when he fielded Semien’s comebacker between his legs and threw to first base for the out.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (4-13, 4.73 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series -- the last contest in their 10-game homestand. The Twins will counter with left-hander Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.71) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 12, Twins 1

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
10:55
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Home at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox were hoping to break a horrendous slump that had them reeling in a six-game losing skid.

How it happened: Rookie Erik Johnson was making his third major league start. RHP Liam Hendricks was on the hill for the Minnesota Twins. Hendricks was in a purple haze, allowing seven runs and five hits while walking four in the two-thirds of an inning he lasted. Chicago sent 12 men to the plate scoring seven runs in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez drove in two with a base hit. Adam Dunn (32) and Dayan Viciedo (13) hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Jordan Danks hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Ramirez hit a solo home run in the seventh.

What it means: Johnson won his first major league game, shutting out the Twins for six innings. The seven runs in the first inning tied a season high for Chicago, also accomplished against the Detroit Tigers on July 9 in the eighth inning. Chicago had lost 15 of their previous 17 contests, entering play with the third worst record in baseball. Ramirez tied his career high with four hits.

Outside of the box: Gordon Beckham broke out of a 0-15 slump with an RBI single in the first inning, appropriately enough on his 26th birthday. … OF Avisail Garcia and his wife, Anakarina, welcomed daughter Annarella into the world on Sunday. Garcia will return to the team on Tuesday after missing two games. … The Sox announced a total of 960 dogs in attendance for their annual dog day promotion. … The Sox totaled 12 runs total in the previous seven games on this homestand.

Up next: Game 2 of the series will be at 7:10 p.m. CT, featuring LHP Jose Quintana (7-6,.3.56) facing RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12,5.31).

Viciedo, De Aza help Sale win 3rd straight

August, 18, 2013
8/18/13
3:03
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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the third time in as many starts, a Chicago White Sox lineup that has struggled to support Chris Sale much of this season fought back to pick up its All-Star lefty.

Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Alejandro De Aza had a two-run shot and scored three times and the White Sox topped the Minnesota Twins 8-5 Saturday night.

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Rapid Reaction: Twins 4, White Sox 3

August, 15, 2013
8/15/13
10:08
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday at Target Field:

How it happened: Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann drove in Doug Bernier with the winning run in the ninth inning off Ramon Troncoso to continue the Twins' mastery of the Sox this season. Making his fourth career start, Andre Rienzo allowed one earned run -- a home run by Trevor Plouffe -- and left with a 3-2 lead after six innings. The Twins tied the game 3-3 in the eighth inning when Justin Morneau drove home Joe Mauer with an RBI single off Nate Jones. The Sox jumped out to an early lead on an RBI single by Adam Dunn and a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko scored Gordon Beckham for a 2-0 lead.

What it means: The Sox's struggles against the Twins continue. After dropping three of four games last weekend at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox lost the opening game of this four-game series to fall to 3-10 against Minnesota this season.

Outside the box: Beckham left in the fourth inning after suffering a quad strain and was replaced by Jeff Keppinger.

Next: Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70 ERA) will start for the White Sox against the Twins' Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) in the second game of the series at 7:10 p.m. CT Friday.

White Sox's latest loss a balanced effort

June, 20, 2013
6/20/13
4:24
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By Brian M. Murphy
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John Danks, Clete Thomas AP Photo/Genevieve RossJohn Danks gave up six earned runs on 12 hits in five innings to take the loss against the Twins on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox do not have enough plugs for their leaking ship, failing miserably in all three phases during Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Starting pitcher John Danks surrendered a career-high four home runs and fell to 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA in his last four road starts.

Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn slugged back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning but Chicago once again failed to sustain any offense. They lost all three games in Minnesota, falling 12 games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007 season.

Most egregious was their defense. A throwing error by second baseman Gordon Beckham and a boot by shortstop Alexei Ramirez led to a pair of unearned runs and extended two Twins innings as the home team opened a 6-1 lead.

Chicago has committed 49 errors this season and is on pace for 113. This from the team that led all of baseball in 2012 with a .988 fielding percentage.

"The one thing we were really good at last year we're just failing to do it this year," lamented manager Robin Ventura. "The home runs hurt but we weren't helping him defensively, any of the pitchers. You've got to clean that up. They scored two giving them extra outs. You just can't do it."

The White Sox have lost seven of their last eight and 17 of 21, and the effects are wearing on them.

"Across the board we're just going to have to play better," said Danks, who fell to 1-4. "I didn't do us any favors today by digging us a six-run hole or whatever it was. We're just going to have to play better as a whole. We're not saying anything we don't already know. Guys are working hard trying to make it happen. It just hasn't gone our way."

Danks was roasted by the bottom of Minnesota's lineup as Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar -- the Nos. 7-9 hitters -- combined to go 6-for-12 with three home runs and four RBIs.

"Just bad pitches and guys did what they're supposed to do with it," Danks said. "Whether I was able to put them away or not I've still got to make my pitch. I gave a few guys some cookies."

Of note: The White Sox demoted right-handed reliever Deunte Heath to Triple-A Charlotte and will make a corresponding roster move to add another pitcher before Friday's series opener at Kansas City.

Heath walked four and was tagged for three runs, including a two-run home run to Justin Morneau, in Minnesota's 7-4 victory Wednesday night.

Rapid Reaction: Twins 8, White Sox 4

June, 20, 2013
6/20/13
3:35
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By Brian M. Murphy
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A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

How it happened: The Twins battered Chicago pitching for 15 hits, including four home runs off starter John Danks, to sweep the three-game series in Minneapolis. Danks (1-4) threw 101 pitches but only lasted five innings, allowing six runs and 12 hits as his ERA ballooned to 5.40. The bottom of Minnesota's lineup paced the attack. Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar were 6-for-12 with four RBI. Brian Dozier also homered from the top of the lineup, marking the first time in Twins history the Nos. 7-8-9 and lead-off hitters homered in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko was 2-for-4, including a two-run homer off winning Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5-6). But their hitting woes continued. The club has scored four runs or less in 22 of its last 27 games.

What it means: The Sox lost for the seventh time in their last eight games and are 4-17 over their last 21. They are in last place in the AL Central, 3 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Twins.

Outside the box: Reliever Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless seventh inning set a club record by making his 28th consecutive appearance without allowing a run.

Up next: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) starts Friday's opener of a three-game series in Kansas City against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72 ERA). First pitch is 7:10 CT.

Rapid Reaction: Twins 7, White Sox 4

June, 19, 2013
6/19/13
10:26
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By Staff
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Let's take a quick look at the Minnesota Twins' 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.


How it happened: Alejandro De Aza led off the game with a home run, but the lead didn't last long as Brian Dozier belted a three-run home run in the second. Chris Sale lasted just five innings, yielding four earned runs.

Outside the box: Sale now has a career-worst four-start losing streak.

Up next: John Danks (1-3, 4.50) faces Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) in a 12:10 start.

Offense arrives, but will it stay?

May, 15, 2013
5/15/13
5:00
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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Paul Konerko, Adam DunnHannah Foslien/Getty ImagesAdam Dunn showed signs of life with three homers in the past two games against the Twins.
The Chicago White Sox finally appear to be strong and vibrant, and it is only partially rooted in the recovery from previous tough-luck injuries.

Struggling on offense for the first six weeks of the season, the heart of the order seems to have finally found an approach worth repeating and it isn't just one guy doing all the work.

Adam Dunn has shown the most dramatic improvement with a slightly altered swing that comes from holding his hands higher during his setup. The new look appears to be letting him sit back on pitches just a hair while then driving them to the opposite field.

Dunn hit three home runs in the just-concluded series against the Minnesota Twins, two of them in a 9-4 victory in Wednesday's series finale, and none of the three home runs were to the right side of the field.

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Rapid Reaction: Twins 10, White Sox 3

May, 13, 2013
5/13/13
10:19
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By Staff
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Let's take a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

How it happened: The Sox continued their horrendous play in the field as they yielded three unearned runs. What was a strength last season has turned into one of the primary reasons the Sox have struggled so bad this year. Aaron Hicks hit two home runs for the Twins and robbed Adam Dunn of a two-run homer with a nice catch at the wall.

What it means: It means that whatever message about defense Robin Ventura tried to impart during a meeting with his team on Saturday did not sink in.

Hits: Alejandro De Aza continued his hot hitting with three hits.

Up next: Jake Peavy (4-1, 3.03) ERA takes on Kevin Correia (4-2, 3.09) in a 7:10 start.

Rapid Reaction: Twins 2, White Sox 1

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
5:52
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field:

How it happened: The Twins scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Alexei Ramirez in the 10th inning. After a weather-related cancellation on Friday, right-hander Jake Peavy and Twins starter Vance Worley kicked off the abbreviated two-game series. Alejandro De Aza led off the White Sox's first inning with his fourth home run of the season, his fifth career leadoff homer. Twins outfielder Josh Willingham singled home the tying run in the third inning, scoring Brian Dozier.

Peavy kept his streak of good pitching alive. In seven innings, he allowed just one run on six hits with nine strikeouts to lower his ERA to 3.20. Worley also went seven in a no-decision.

Two Web Gem-caliber plays by the Sox in the eighth inning preserved a tie. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie made a diving backhand stop of a bases-loaded one-hopper and forced Chris Parmelee out at home with a perfect throw from his knees. Paul Konerko had an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to end the inning.

What it means: Peavy entered the game having defeated Minnesota in four straight starts, carrying a 1.73 ERA throughout those outings. As a team, the White Sox came into the contest with a .177 batting average with runners in scoring position (lowest in the American League). They were 0-for-3 with men in scoring position on Saturday. Adam Dunn is in a 1-for-36 slump and struck out three times in four at-bats.

Outside the box: Outfielder Dayan Viciedo was placed on the 15-day DL due to a strained oblique. Outfielder Blake Tekotte was recalled from Triple-A. Pitching coach Don Cooper returned to the team after missing 10 days with diverticulitis. The Sox had won 12 of their previous 14 games against the Twins.

Up next: On Sunday, RHP Gavin Floyd (0-3, 6.32) faces off against LHP Scott Diamond (0-1, 8.31) in the finale of this two-game series.

Friday's Sox-Twins game postponed

April, 19, 2013
4/19/13
11:56
AM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Friday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed because of cold and windy conditions.

A makeup date for the opener of a 10-game homestand has not been determined. The last game to be postponed at U.S. Cellular Field due to cold weather conditions was on April 10, 2008 against the Twins.

The Sox and Twins will now open the series at 2:05 p.m. CT Saturday.

Rios focusing -- and thriving -- in moment

September, 5, 2012
9/05/12
7:23
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has gotten to the point where he’s done comparing last season to this one.

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Rob Grabowski/US PresswireAlex Rios snapped a a homerless drought dating back to Aug. 22 with two blasts on Wednesday.
“I really don’t want to talk about last year,” Rios said on Wednesday. “We’re having a lot of fun this year, and I’d rather focus on what we’re doing right now.”

He’s earned that right.

A year ago, he hit a career-low .227 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. A year later, he’s nearly doubled his numbers. With two more home runs and a career-high six RBIs in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, Rios is now hitting .298 with 22 homers and 82 RBIs.

It was just the type of performance the White Sox needed on Wednesday. Coming off an 18-9 loss on Tuesday, the White Sox couldn’t afford to drop a series to the Twins during a pennant race. With Wednesday’s win, the White Sox assured themselves at least a one-game advantage on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central going into Friday.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura has come to expect such games from Rios, but he was still pleased to have it again. Rios sparked the White Sox early with a grand slam in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the sixth.

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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Twins 2

September, 5, 2012
9/05/12
3:50
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.

How it happened: Alex Rios put the White Sox ahead big early with a grand slam in the first inning. He later added a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He finished with a career-high six RBIs. He now has 22 home runs and 82 RBIs on the season. Rios' run support was more than enough for starting pitcher Jake Peavy, who held the Twins to five hits and one run over six innings for his first win since Aug. 1. Peavy improved to 10-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.22.

What it means: The White Sox took two out of three games against the Twins and extended their lead to 1 games over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tigers will face the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. The Indians have defeated the Tigers the last two days.

Outside the box: Prior to Rios' two home runs on Wednesday, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Rios, the team's 3-4-5 hitters, hadn't homered since Aug. 24. The trio now has combined for 81 home runs this season.

Up next: The White Sox have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

Sox look to stay dominant against Twins

September, 4, 2012
9/04/12
5:58
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CHICAGO -- Coming off a road stretch in which the Chicago White Sox lost six of seven games, they had to be pleased to return home to face the Minnesota Twins.

With Monday’s win over the Twins, the White Sox improved to 10-3 on the season and 18-5 in their last 23 meetings against Minnesota.

The last time the White Sox defeated the Twins 10 times in one season was in 2005. Of course, the White Sox also won the World Series in 2005.

Here’s the White Sox’s lineup against the Twins on Tuesday:

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
LHP Jose Quintana

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Twins 2

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
3:06
PM CT
By Ben Goessling, Special to ESPNChicago.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.

How it happened: In the third game of the series decided by one run, the White Sox did most of their damage with small ball against Twins left-hander Scott Diamond. They scored in the first inning on Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly and got another run in the fifth when Tyler Flowers beat out a would-be double play. They scored their final run in the eighth after Flowers singled, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an Orlando Hudson groundout and scored when Alejandro De Aza smashed a comebacker off Diamond's leg and the pitcher couldn't throw home in time for Joe Mauer to tag Flowers. That was all Jake Peavy needed for his second win over the Twins in a week.

What it means: The White Sox made two more errors on Wednesday, including one that led to a Twins run in the first inning, but they head home with a series victory despite some uncharacteristically sloppy play in the field. Their AL Central lead is at three games over the Tigers, and could go to 3 1/2 if Detroit loses to Boston on Wednesday night.

Outside the box: Peavy's 114 pitches were his fewest since he threw 109 on June 30. The right-hander has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in just three starts this season.

Up next: Phillip Humber (5-5) pitches for the White Sox as they return home to face the Angels on Friday night. Zack Greinke (0-1) makes his second start for Los Angeles.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208