The Twins have promoted outfielder Joe Benson and first baseman Chris Parmelee from Class AA New Britain. Both will be in uniform (Benson wearing No.63 and Parmelee wearing No. 64) for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

New Britian (72-70) stayed in playoff contention until Monday but wound up two games behind the Reading Phillies for a wild-card spot.

Benson batted .285 with 16 homers, 67 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Parmelee batted .287 with 13 homers and 82 RBI.

Each year, the Twins pick one minor-league staff member to join the major league staff in September, and this year it'll be Class A Beloit manager Nelson Prada.

The Twins also plan to recall infielder Matt Tolbert from Class AAA Rochester for Tuesday's game.

Twins try to avoid doubleheader sweep

At 58-82, the Twins already have ensured themselves of a losing record.

(** Earlier, I had a note here that the Twins were not .500 in 1983, but I have since realized they were 3-3 that year. Anyway, point is, the Twins haven't been .500 even once this year.)

The Twins are 24 games under .500 for the first time since they finished the 2000 season at 69-93. And this team still has 22 games to play.

There weren't many updates between games. Manager Ron Gardenhire was searching for healthy players he could use in his Game 2 lineup. I'll post that as soon as we get it.

Game 1 revisited: Read about Phil Humber's gem here.

Quick fact: The Twins are 3-16 in their past 19 games at Target Field.

WHITE SOX (69-69)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Brent Lillibridge, 1B
3. Paul Konerko, DH
4. Dayan Viciedo, RF
5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
6. Alex Rios, CF
7. Tyler Flowers, C
8. Brent Morel, 3B
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B


Starting pitcher: RH Zach Stewart (1-2, 5.86 ERA)

TWINS (58-82)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Danny Valencia, 3B
5. Rene Tosoni, LF
6. Luke Hughes, 1B
7. Brian Dinkelman, 2B
8. Jason Repko, RF
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: LH Scott Diamond (1-2, 4.82 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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