THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD

Monday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN/ESPN2, 96.3-FM

LHP Tommy Milone (3-1, 3.67) vs. LHP John Danks (3-7, 5.16)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM

RHP Mike Pelfrey (3-2, 3.05) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.67)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • MLBN, 96.3-FM

RHP Phil Hughes (5-6, 4.47) vs. LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 2.74)

 

TWINS UPDATE

This is a break in their interleague-heavy schedule; they finished seven in a row against NL teams Sunday, and play six more, at Milwaukee and Cincinnati, after this series. … They are 23-14 at Target Field, the most home wins in the AL. … CF Byron Buxton finally had his first hit at home Sunday, grounding an eighth-inning single to left after starting out 0-for-14. He has yet to drive in a run in any MLB park. … LF Eddie Rosario’s .282 batting average ranks third among AL rookies, and his five stolen bases are tied for fourth. … RF Torii Hunter is 17-for-52 against LHP John Danks, with four home runs. The current Twins as a whole bat .337 against Danks. … Glen Perkins has saved 15 games (in 18 opportunities) vs. the White Sox, more than he has saved against any other team.

 

WHITE SOX UPDATE

They beat Texas 3-2 on Saturday to end an eight-game losing streak, then won 3-2 again Sunday on Gordon Beckham’s 11th-inning home run. … This is the first stop on a nine-game road trip that includes Detroit and St. Louis. They are 12-23 on the road and have lost six in a row; only Philadelphia has fewer road wins this season. They were swept in a four-game series at Target Field April 30-May 3. … Sale, 7-3 with a 3.29 career ERA vs. the Twins but 1-2 this season, leads the AL in strikeouts with 119 in 88⅔ innings and is only the third pitcher ever to strike out at least 12 in five consecutive starts, joining Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. … Closer David Robertson has 14 saves this season, but he leads the majors in blown saves with four, including Sale’s last start Friday at Texas. … 1B Jose Abreu is 4-for-7 with two home runs against Perkins, and 1B Adam LaRoche is 11-for-16 against Pelfrey.

PHIL MILLER