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Twins-White Sox Preview

There's something about the Chicago White Sox that continues to bring out the best in the Minnesota Twins' pitching staff.

Kyle Gibson has had a hand in that success.

The right-hander looks to stymie the White Sox for the second time this month Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minnesota (24-18) has posted a 2.65 ERA while going 6-3 versus Chicago this season, and allowed 14 runs while winning five of the last six meetings. The Twins have a 4.51 ERA in their other 33 contests.

Second-year right-hander Trevor May became the latest Twin to handle the White Sox (19-21), allowing three runs and striking out nine over a career-high seven innings of Saturday's 4-3 victory. Minnesota has won twice while playing three straight one-run games.

"Runs in today's game are tough to come by," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

Last in the AL averaging 3.7 runs, Chicago is 1-4 since winning six in a row and has failed to score more than three runs in any of its last six contests.

Gibson (3-3, 2.98 ERA) allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings of an 11-3 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday. In his previous four starts, Gibson yielded 18 hits while going 2-0 with an 0.96 ERA. That stretch included a May 1 outing when he gave up four hits over eight innings of a 1-0 victory over the White Sox.

"I think it was one of those nights where once I got into a groove things were going pretty good," Gibson told MLB's official website.

Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) was the hard-luck loser in that contest, lasting seven innings and yielding the lone run on a wild pitch in the fifth. Though Chicago has dropped four of Quintana's last seven starts against the Twins, he's gone 3-1 with a 1.81 ERA.

The left-hander has a 2.18 ERA in his last five overall but is 1-3 while receiving an average of 2.18 runs of support during that stretch. He allowed two runs, eight hits and walked four in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.

Torii Hunter, 10 for 26 versus Quintana, homered in the second inning off Chris Sale on Saturday to help Minnesota improve to 14-5 against left-handed starters. He's batting .429 with two home runs and four RBIs in the last five against the White Sox.

Though Joe Mauer didn't start Saturday, he'll be in the lineup for the finale. Mauer went 0 for 2 with a walk versus Quintana earlier this month but is batting .391 with two home runs all-time against him.

"His Quintana numbers are pretty good," Molitor said. "So he'll be back in there (Sunday)."

Jose Abreu is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts against Gibson, who is 1-0 but with a 4.26 ERA in two starts at Chicago. Abreu's 17-game hitting streak ended by going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Saturday.

Teammate Alexei Ramirez is 7 for 12 with three RBIs in the last three home games versus Minnesota. He went 0 for 4 versus Gibson this month but is 3 for 6 with a home run and double against him at U.S. Cellular.

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