American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 25th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (40-57) at Chicago White Sox (52-45), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Nick Blackburn (4-5, 7.46)
Chicago - Jake Peavy (7-7, 3.22)
(Sports Network) - Veteran right-hander Jake Peavy can help the Chicago White
Sox complete the turnaround from five-game losing streak to series sweep
today, when they host the Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game series
at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox, who've led the American League's Central Division for much of
the season, fell out of first place over the weekend when they were swept by
the Detroit Tigers as the Tigers assumed a 1 1/2-game lead.
Chicago gained a half-game back in the series opener Monday while the Tigers
were idle, then evened things up Tuesday with an 11-4 rout of the Twins while
Detroit was losing, 3-2, in Cleveland.
Adam Dunn went 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI for the
White Sox, who scored nine runs in their final two at-bats.
Dunn sparked a four-run seventh inning by smacking a game-tying two-run blast
off Twins reliever Tyler Robertson.
Paul Konerko followed with his fourth hit, and Alex Rios doubled prior to
Dayan Viciedo's go-ahead, two-run single against the ineffective Casey Fien
Dunn added a two-run double in the eighth against an embattled Minnesota
bullpen that failed to hold a lead behind Cole De Vries, who gave up a solo
homer to Konerko and an unearned run in his six-inning start.
"The bullpen just had a little trouble," De Vries said. "It was unfortunate
because I thought we were going to take one."
Fellow rookie Jose Quintana was not as effective, allowing four runs on eight
hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"If someone's going to win this division and it's not us, we'll make them earn
it," Konerko said.
The Twins, despite getting two homers and four RBI from Josh Willingham, fell
for third time in four games and dropped to 4-14 in their last 18 games
against their division foes.
Peavy, a 31-year-old Alabama native, is 2-3 in seven lifetime starts against
the Twins, with the last coming on June 25.
In that game, he dropped a 4-1 decision after allowing 10 hits and three runs
in six innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.
He's started four times since and has lost three of four decisions, prolonging
a stretch that's seen him win just once - on July 6 against Toronto - since
opening the season 6-1.
In his most recent outing on July 20 in Detroit, he gave up four runs in seven
innings of a 4-2 loss to the Tigers.
For Minnesota, righty Nick Blackburn seeks a 10th career win against Chicago.
The 30-year-old from Oklahoma fell to 9-7 in his 19th meeting with the White
Sox on June 27, dropping a 12-5 decision after being touched for six runs on
nine hits in five innings.
He's picked up no-decisions in a pair of starts since - at Detroit and Kansas
City - while allowing 15 hits and seven runs in 10 2/3 innings.
The Twins won both games and are 8-2 in the last 10 he's pitched.
Chicago won two of three games in a pair of previous 2012 series against the
Twins - the first in Chicago in May and the second in Minnesota in June.
The teams split 18 games last season.
07/25 10:18:23 ET