The Twins begin their final road trip of the season tonight against the White Sox, their new patsies. Their only patsies in the division.

Ten of 16 games between the teams this season have gone to the Twins, as Chicago has sunk to the bottom of the division standings. Given how the Twins have won so many road series the second half - including ones at Texas and Detroit, anything less than two out of three would be shocking, right?

The Twins have gone 33-41 on the road compared to 31-43 at home. They are 17-11 on the road since July 13, tied for second most wins in baseball since that date. And they are 6-2-1 in their last nine road series. So they are about to get this road trip off to a roaring start, right?

Will check in later with lineups and updates.

By the way, 17 years ago today, Paul Molitor got his 3,000th hit with a triple in Kansas City. He was the first member of that 3,000 hit club to do with a triple. Chuck Knoblauch got his 1,000th career hit in the same game.


Brian Dozier is getting a day off, which has been a couple weeks in the making. Dozier was able to hold Gardy off for awhile, but no longer.

Eric Freyer will get the start on Wednesday because he worked well with Scott Diamond when the two were at Class AAA Rochester.

The White Sox are 33 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 1976 season. Holy Hanna.

Trevor Plouffe, batting third tonight, is hitting .368 this month.

Twins (64-84)

1. Alex Presley, OF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 2B
3. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
4. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
5. Josh Willingham, DH
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Josmil Pinto, C
8. Chris Herrmann, RF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Liam Hendriks, RHP

White Sox (58-91)

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Conor Gillapsie, 3B
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adam Dunn, DH
6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
7. Jordan Danks, RF
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Bryan Anderson, C

Pitching: Erik Johnson, C

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