White Sox-Twins Preview

Thanks in part to a power surge at the plate, the Minnesota

Twins are enjoying a successful run against the Chicago White

Sox.

Their offense certainly hasn’t been lacking when they’ve faced

Jose Quintana.

The Twins look for their eighth win in nine games versus the

White Sox on Friday night while handing Chicago its 11th straight

road loss overall.

Minnesota (54-65) has won nine of 14 following a dramatic 4-3

victory over the White Sox (46-74) in Thursday’s opener. Chris

Herrmann provided a pinch-hit, walk-off single in the bottom of the

ninth for the Twins’ 10th win in 13 games in this season

series.

“Fortunately for us, Herrmann bangs one through and there you

have it,” manager Ron Gardenhire told the league’s official

website. “It was a nice win after a really, really tough loss. Some

good things happened out there.”

Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 4 with a home run, giving Minnesota 20

over a nine-game homer streak versus the White Sox. The Twins have

also averaged 5.6 runs and batted .286 while winning seven of eight

against them.

Oswaldo Arcia is hitting .370 with four home runs in his last

six games, and Justin Morneau is batting .327 with four homers and

17 RBIs in his last 11 versus Chicago.

Now the Twins will attempt to continue their success against

Quintana (6-4, 3.70 ERA) and extend Chicago’s longest road skid

since an 11-game drought Aug. 14-Sept. 1, 2007.

They dealt the left-hander one of his worst starts Sunday,

reaching him for a season high-tying five runs as well as six hits

– including two homers – in five innings of a 5-2 victory. Quintana

had gone 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA over his previous seven outings.

Quintana hasn’t fared well in any of four career starts against

Minnesota, going 0-2 with a 9.15 ERA while allowing 29 hits in 19

2-3 innings.

Joe Mauer, who hit one of those two homers Sunday, is 4 for 9

lifetime in this matchup, while Josh Willingham is 5 for 9 with two

homers.

The Twins could be getting more help with the return of Ryan

Doumit, who has missed eight games while on the concussion disabled

list. He’s 7 for 12 with three doubles in his last three games

against the White Sox.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) faces a Chicago team

that has averaged 2.2 runs while hitting just four home runs during

its road slide. The right-hander hopes to match his Sunday start

against the White Sox, when he beat Quintana by scattering five

hits over seven shutout innings for his first victory since July

20.

While he’s 3-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 12 road starts, Correia has

been much more effective with a 5-1 record and 3.28 ERA in 11

outings at Target Field. He’ll take the mound there looking to

improve on his 2-1 record and 2.61 ERA in three starts against the

White Sox.

Correia has held sluggers Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to a

combined 1 for 15 this season, though Dayan Viciedo is 3 for 5 with

a home run. Viciedo, however, could miss his seventh straight game

with a thumb injury.

Teammate Gordon Beckham, hitting .366 over his last 11 contests,

could also be out after leaving Thursday’s game with a strained

right quadriceps.