Twins-White Sox series preview

  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 12:30 AM

THREE-GAME SERIES AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD

Monday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.25) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.66)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-12, 5.31) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 3.56)

Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

LHP Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.61) vs. LHP John Danks (4-13, 5.73)

TWINS UPDATE

They had lost seven of their past 10 games entering Sunday but are 10-6 on the road since Aug. 8. They are 33-41 on the road overall. ... They are 5-1 in Chicago this season, and 10-6 against the White Sox overall. It’s the ninth time in 13 seasons they have won the season series. ... They hit 11 home runs over four games when they visited in August, and scored all 19 of their runs in the series via home runs. ... Their pitchers have struck out fewer batters, and allowed more hits than any other staff in the American League. ... Their hitters rank 14th in triples and 11th in home runs, but fifth in doubles.

WHITE SOX UPDATE

They are on pace for their worst season since losing 106 games in 1970, and one of the 10 worst in the franchise’s 113-year history. ... They have lost six consecutive games and are 2-15 since Aug. 30. ... They are 33-40 at home. ... They have scored only 542 runs through Saturday, fewest in the American League. ... OF Avasail Garcia, acquired for Jake Peavy at the trade deadline, is batting .300 in 32 games with the White Sox, with a pair of home runs. ... RHP Addison Reed has 37 saves in 43 opportunities as Chicago’s closer. ... 1B Paul Konerko, 37, widely believed to be seriously considering retirement at the end of the season, is batting .247 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI.

PHIL MILLER

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