I arrived here expecting to cover a game with about 12,000 in attendance. There's just too much going on in town tonight for fans to choose from. Vikings, Gophers, State Fair and Saints all have action tonight, in what will be one of the busiest sports evenings of the year.

So why come out and watch a team that is coming off a month of August during which its minus -129 run scoring differential was the worst in the American League? And a team that is one loss from tying the franchise record for most consecutive losses?

Somehow, the Twins are expecting 20,000 to 22,000 fans tonight for their game against the White Sox. Well. that might be tickets sold. Actual attendance might be a little lower than that. Jose Quintana is on the mound for the White Sox, which means the Twins could be in trouble. Quintana is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last five starts at Target Field.

But notice that Quintana is 11-9 with a 2.77 ERA. He has a terrible offense behind him, as the White Sox have scored 68 fewer runs THAN THE TWINS! Chris Sale threw a gem at Detroit last night but got a no-decision because Chicago can't hit a bull in the behind with a snow shovel right now.

We'll see how this shakes out. Another loss not only ties the record, but puts them on pace to lose 102 games, which would also tie for the most losses in a season by a Twins team.

Byron Buxton is back up for the third time this season. He batted .257 for the Red Wings during his most recent stint with five homers and 10 RBI with three walks and 32 strikeouts in 20 games. The good: He homered in four straight games at one point. The bad: He went 15 straight games without a walk.

Indications are that Danny Santana will be placed on the 60-day disabled list. That could open up a 40-man spot on their roster to promote someone like James Beresford, who is 27 and has never played in the majors. 

Trevor May and Tommy Milone both threw in the bullpen on Wednesday and will do so again the coming days. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that both will likely throw in a simulated game before they are activated from the disabled list.

Also hearing that Chad Allen could be one of the coaches called up to help out during the final month of the season.

White Sox

Adam Eaton, CF
Tim Anderson, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF
Jose Abreu, 1B
Justin Morneau, DH
Todd Frazier, 3B
Avisail Garcia, RF
Alex Avila, C
Tyler Saladina, 2B

Jose Quintana,  LHP


Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Miguel Sano, DH
Jorge Polanco, SS
Max Kepler, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eddie Rosario, LF
Byron Buxton, CF

Ervin Santana, CF

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