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The Twins’ Mike Pelfrey starts the first game against Chicago.

MARLIN LEVISON • Star Tribune,

Twins-White Sox series preview

  • June 18, 2013 - 12:02 AM

twins vs. chicago white sox series preview

THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12 ERA) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26)

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43)

Thursday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

LHP Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29) vs. LHP John Danks (1-3, 4.50)

TWINS UPDATE

The Twins believe Pelfrey is starting to turn the corner. He has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past two starts while showing better command and a more relaxed delivery. He lasted only four innings against the White Sox on May 15. … Brian Dozier leads Twins regulars in June with a .297 batting average and is second with a .381 on-base percentage. What about Joe Mauer? He’s batting .280 in June, which is scandalous for him. He does, however, have a .410 OBP. … Mauer and Justin Morneau are batting a combined .349 against Danks in their careers.

WHITE SOX UPDATE

You think your Twins have it bad? There’s always someone worse off, and the White Sox are that team. The league’s worst offense comes to Target Field having just ended a four-game losing streak, winning Monday night’s series finale in Houston by beating the lowly Astros 4-2. The White Sox entered Monday last in the American League in runs, hits, doubles, sacrifice hits, walks and on-base percentage. … Chris Sale is a fabulous young pitcher. He has held opponents to a .189 batting average — but he is only 5-5 because of awful run support. … Chicago has lost 20 games after taking a lead.

La VELLE E. NEAL III

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