Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 4.05) vs. RHP Mat Latos (4-0, 1.84)


Saturday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.15) vs. LHP Chris Sale (6-0, 1.66)


Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (4-1, 1.40)



They are 2-12 on the road, their worst road start in franchise history, and have lost two in a row. … They have lost 11 of their last 15 games overall. … They are 0-3 against the White Sox this season, having been outscored 10-2 in being swept at Target Field last month. … They have lost the season series to Chicago only twice since 2001. Minnesota has won the series the past three seasons, and is 30-25 at U.S. Cellular Field since 2010. … 1B Joe Mauer is a career .323 hitter at the Cell, and has hit nine home runs, more than any road ballpark except Comerica Park in Detroit (10). … Mauer is 8-for-37 (.216) against Sale, but Kurt Suzuki is 8-for-23 (.348). 2B Brian Dozier is 11-for-38 (.289) with three home runs.



They own the best record in the American League, having won nine of their last 12 entering Thursday. It’s the latest they’ve been in first place, or even been more than a game above .500, since 2012. … RF Adam Eaton has been the most valuable defensive player in the majors so far this year, according to his wins-above-replacement. … 3B Todd Frazier’s seven home runs are two behind the league leaders, and his 18 RBIs rank 10th. … The pitchers who will start vs. the Twins this weekend rank second, third and sixth in the AL in ERA. Sale is the only AL pitcher with six wins. … Their offense is almost exactly league average, but their 2.67 team ERA is first by a wide margin over second-best Seattle (3.04). … Closer David Robertson leads the AL in saves with nine, out of 10 opportunities.


Phil Miller