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Wednesday, August 14th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (46-73) at Minnesota Twins (53-65), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Andre Rienzo (0-0, 4.42)
Minnesota - Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32)
(Sports Network) - Brazilian-born right-hander Andre Rienzo makes the fourth
start of his career - and the second straight against Minnesota - when the
Chicago White Sox head to Target Field to begin a four-game series with the
The 25-year-old was signed by the organization in 2006 and climbed his way
through the minors, making stops in the Appalachian, South Atlantic, Carolina
and Southern Leagues before spending the beginning of 2013 at Triple-A
He was 8-6 in 20 starts with a 4.06 earned run average this year before
debuting with the big club with a seven-inning stint at Cleveland on July 30.
He followed it up with six innings against Detroit on Aug. 4, emerging with
no-decisions in two Chicago losses.
Rienzo pitched at home for the first time against the Twins on Aug. 10 and
picked up a third straight no-decision after allowing four runs on seven hits
in 5 1/3 innings of a game the White Sox ultimately won, 5-4.
In 18 1/3 overall innings as a major leaguer, he's allowed nine runs on 17
hits, walked 11 batters and struck out 14.
He's opposed by righty Mike Pelfrey, who continues to struggle in his initial
season with Minnesota.
Pelfrey won 50 games in 153 appearances with the New York Mets through the end
of 2012, then signed a free agent deal with the Twins in the offseason.
He was 4-6 after a 6-0 defeat of Toronto on July 6, but has dropped four
consecutive decisions across six starts since, though his earned run average
has actually dropped slightly from 5.63 to 5.32.
Pelfrey, who's 0-2 in three career starts against the White Sox, dropped the
Aug. 10 against Rienzo in Chicago after allowing five runs in five innings.
On Wednesday in Chicago, Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Omar Infante
had two hits and drove in a run as the Detroit Tigers edged the White Sox,
6-4, to avoid a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.
Gordon Beckham went 3-for-4, while Avisail Garcia and Jeff Keppinger added two
hits and an RBI each for the White Sox, who went 3-for-12 with runners in
scoring position and left 15 men on base.
John Danks (2-10) was pegged with the loss after giving up six runs -- four
earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. Danks lost his fifth straight
decision and hasn't won since July 2 against Baltimore.
In Minnesota, Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly in the 12th inning lifted the
Cleveland Indians to a 9-8 win over the Twins.
The Indians rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie the game. With two on
and no outs, Brantley singled to score Jason Kipnis. Jason Giambi followed
with a three-run homer to right to tie the game. Carlos Santana then slugged a
leadoff homer in the 10th, but Joe Mauer hammered a solo shot in the home half
to tie the game.
With runners on the corners and one out in the 12th, Brantley smoked a a line
drive to deep center field. Clete Thomas fielded the ball cleanly and fired it
to the plate, but the throw was off target and Nick Swisher scored easily.
Mauer was 5-for-7 with four RBI and Chris Collabello had two hits and an RBI
for the Twins, who went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but
stranded 12 runners on base.
Ryan Pressly (3-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up the game-winning
The Twins won nine of the first 12 games with the White Sox in 2013, including
three of four in a series from Aug. 9-11 in Chicago.
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