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Chicago White Sox
Just as they were when these teams last met about a month ago, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are battling to stay out of the AL Central basement.
These slumping division foes begin a three-game set Tuesday night with the Twins badly struggling at the plate and the White Sox looking to end their road woes.
Chicago was in last place and 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota after winning two of three at Target Field from May 13-15. That gap remains the same, as do their positions in the bottom half of the Central.
The Twins (30-36) have lost seven of 11 while averaging 2.6 runs and batting .177 with runners in scoring position. They were held to three hits for the third time in four games Sunday in a 5-2 loss to Detroit.
"It seems like a week goes by and we're hitting the cover off the ball, then we hit a little slump as a team," said Brian Dozier, who homered Sunday. "I think it's all about big hits, two-out hits. We've been leaving a lot of guys on base."
Justin Morneau has a team-high 38 RBIs but only four in his last 14 games. Even leading hitter Joe Mauer (.321) is 4 for 20 with no extra-base hits in the past six.
Ryan Doumit is in a 3-for-27 slump as is Josh Willingham, who should return after missing two games with a knee problem.
"It's just a matter of guys getting going," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
The White Sox (29-38) can't get going on the road, where they have dropped 12 of 14 and are an AL-worst 13-24. They've averaged 2.8 runs in the last 13 away from home but did avoid a four-game sweep to another last-place team Monday, beating Houston 4-2.
Chicago had lost four straight and 14 of 18 overall.
"I don't think it's anything you can sit here and point fingers at any one person or group of people," left-hander Chris Sale told the team's official website. "It's just we are not getting lucky bounces and we are not putting it together."
Dayan Viciedo's bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning was the difference, but he's 4 for 44 in his last 12 road games.
Chicago hasn't won a series on the road since last month's visit to Minneapolis.
Adam Dunn homered three times in that set and is batting .343 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his last nine games at Target Field. Dunn has five hits in his last 10 at-bats against Twins scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12 ERA).
The right-hander is 0-3 in his past seven outings. Pelfrey, though, provided a second straight quality start Wednesday as he gave up three runs and struck out seven in a season-best seven innings of a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.
Things didn't go as well against Chicago on May 15. He was tagged for five runs and eight hits - including homers by Dunn and Viciedo - in four-plus innings of a 9-4 loss.
Dylan Axelrod was the winner, giving up three runs in 5 1-3 innings, and opposes Pelfrey again Tuesday.
Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) is coming off seven days' rest, given extra time off after a dreadful outing last Monday. The third-year right-hander allowed six runs, four walks and eight hits - including three homers - over four-plus innings in a 10-6 victory over Toronto. Axelrod had a 2.66 ERA in his previous four outings.
Chicago has won six consecutive series at Target Field, going 15-4.
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Chicago White Sox lose 3 in a row to the Houston Astros.
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Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has been hampered by a sore left knee for the entire season. The ailment held him out of Sunday's lineup, but Willingham is hoping to return Tuesday after the Twin's off day today, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Willingham received a cortisone injection on Saturday to help him with the pain he's experiencing in...
The Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale took another hard-luck loss last week despite delivering one of his most dominant performances.
He hasn't needed much run support against the Minnesota Twins.
Looking to snap a career-worst three-start losing streak, Sale tries to win a fourth consecutive outing versus Minnesota on Wednesday night.
While Sale (5-5, 2.43 ERA) ranks among...
The White Sox traveled to Minnesota on Tuesday, and continued on what appears to be yet another abysmal road trip for the southsiders. They have now dropped 13 of their last 15 road contests, and five of their last six. Once again, falling back to ten games below .500.
Axelrod Gets Knocked Around Early
Dylan Axelrod came into today's start on seven days rest...
Dayan Viciedo's bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the White Sox and allowed them to avoid being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008.
Chicago trailed 2-0 before Alejandro De Aza singled in the sixth and went to...
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During Monday's Astros/White Sox game, one fan attempted to make a diving catch of an Alexei Ramirez foul ball that was heading towards the seats near left field.
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"Szpilka and Campillo...
The road trip and season woes for the White Sox continue, as the Palehose dropped another one-run game to the lowly Astros on Sunday afternoon. Once again, the Sox offense wasn’t timely enough, while Houston’s managed to get the key hits when they mattered more. Here’s a recap …
Screwgie didn’t have great command today, and that became apparent...
Adam Dunn is riding a stellar hot streak. (Photo credit)
Update from last week:
Matt Carpenter continues to be consistent and still plays every day. He is an on-base machine.
Gerrit Cole pitched well in his first starts and sports an ERA of 3.75 with two wins.
Hector Santiago disappointed against the lowly Astros, but still racks up strikeouts and should be owned in most leagues...