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Thursday, June 20th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (29-40) at Minnesota Twins (32-36), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - John Danks (1-3, 4.50)
Minnesota - Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29)
(Sports Network) - Southpaw John Danks tries to snap out of a season-beginning
funk on Thursday afternoon when the Chicago White Sox visit Target Field for
the last of three games with the Minnesota Twins.
A veteran of 164 big-league starts, the 28-year-old Texan got a no-decision in
his season debut on May 24 and has since lost three of four starts through
In the most recent start, at Houston, he allowed four runs on five hits in six
innings of a 4-3 loss.
One start earlier he was a 4-1 winner over Oakland with eight innings of one-
run, three-hit ball.
Danks has allowed 12 runs and 18 hits in 18 innings while losing all three of
his road starts in 2013, but he's 1-0 with a no-decision at home while giving
up four runs in 14 innings.
In 21 career meetings with the Twins, he's 6-9 with a 5.00 earned run average.
For the Twins, 26-year-old lefty Scott Diamond tries to end a skid that's
yielded four losses in five decisions.
He was 3-2 on the season after a 6-1 defeat of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway
Park on May 7, but has beaten only Seattle in his last seven starts while his
ERA has swelled from 3.03 to 5.29.
He faced the White Sox in his second start of the season on April 21 in
Chicago and was a 5-3 winner after allowing an earned run in six innings.
The victory lifted him to 3-4 in his career against the White Sox.
On Wednesday, Brian Dozier clubbed an early three-run home run and Justin
Morneau added a two-run blast, as Minnesota took down Chicago, 7-4. Josh
Willingham posted two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Twins, who
have won the first two in the set and three of four overall.
Kevin Correia (6-4) worked 6 2/3 innings, and allowed two runs on five hits
with six strikeouts. Glen Perkins worked a scoreless ninth, fanning two in the
process, to earn his 18th save.
Adam Dunn knocked in a pair of runs and Alejandro De Aza hit a solo shot for
the White Sox, who dropped their sixth contest in the last seven.
Chris Sale (5-6) lasted only five innings and was charged in the loss with
eight hits and four runs.
"I didn't have good command," Sale said. "I was coming out of myself. I just
kind of need to gather myself and get the flow again and regroup next time
Minnesota is 5-2 against Chicago this season after losing the 2012 series by a
lopsided 14-4 margin.
06/20 10:20:51 ET