White Sox-Twins Preview
It’s been more than a year since the Chicago White Sox won two
straight games against the Minnesota Twins. It’s been much longer
since they’ve done it in the same season in the Twin Cities.
If the White Sox are to accomplish that feat, they likely need
to find a way to get the best of Carl Pavano on Saturday night at
Carlos Quentin homered twice and drove in four runs to help
Chicago (53-58) snap a six-game skid with a 5-3 win in Minnesota on
“This is the White Sox up and down, unpredictable team,” manager
Ozzie Guillen said.
It was just the second victory over the Twins in the last 12
meetings for Guillen’s team. The White Sox are 5-18 in the series
since last taking two straight versus their AL Central rival last
April and May. Chicago, 4-8 at Target Field, has not won two
straight at Minnesota in the same season since Sept. 21-22,
Repeating that feat might not be easy against Pavano (6-8, 4.90
ERA), who has allowed three runs in 16 innings while going 2-0
against the White Sox this season. After tossing a complete game
versus Chicago at Target Field on June 16, Pavano allowed two runs
in seven innings at U.S. Cellular Field on July 7.
“He just seems to throw the ball well against us,” said Chicago
left fielder Juan Pierre, batting .360 versus Pavano. “He throws a
lot of strikes. Mixes it up. Doesn’t get in a pattern where you can
follow what he’s going to do.”
Pavano, however, has surrendered 23 runs and 33 hits over 22
innings while going 0-2 in four starts since the win at Chicago. He
surrendered seven runs and nine hits in four innings of a 7-3 loss
at Oakland on Sunday.
“I don’t even know where to start to tell you the truth,” Pavano
told the Twins’ official website.
Quentin is 0 for 17 with six strikeouts against Pavano, but all
three of his hits in his last 12 at-bats have left the park.
“Quentin is one of those guys that can run off five or six home
runs with the best of them,” Pierre said. “We’ll jump on his
shoulders when need be.”
The White Sox opted to push Jake Peavy’s start back to Sunday
and have called up right-hander Zach Stewart (0-1, 4.86) to make
his fourth career start in this contest.
Acquired from Toronto on July 27, Stewart is making his first
big-league appearance since allowing two runs in six innings and
not getting a decision in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 loss at Detroit on
Stewart will likely face Twins slugger Jim Thome, who remains
two shy of 600 home runs after sitting Friday.
Thome, who hit 134 of his 598 homers in three-plus seasons with
the White Sox from 2006-2009, is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts
against his former team in 2011.
“I hope if he hits it, it’s not to win the game,” Guillen said.
“But I want to see it.”
Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer and had two of the five hits
Friday for the Twins (51-61), who have dropped two straight and
five of six.
“Not a good way to start it,” manager Ron Gardenhire said
Kubel is 7 for 17 (.412) with two home runs in his last four