It's been an especially rough first few weeks for Minnesota Twins rookie Trevor May.
It hasn't been a particularly enjoyable stretch for White Sox veteran John Danks, either.
In what could become a high-scoring affair, May opposes Danks as the last-place Twins try to avoid a two-game home sweep against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Called up from Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 9, May (0-4, 10.42 ERA) has dropped each of his first four starts while allowing 20 runs in 16 2-3 innings. The right-hander was tagged for eight over 4 2-3 innings in Friday's 9-1 loss at Baltimore.
"I don't think it's all mental," he told MLB's official website. "I say it every time, but you have to make a pitch when you need to make a pitch. ... Moving forward, it's about trying to add on to those three innings and make it six, seven, eight innings. It's about throwing zeros and trying to get wins. It's doing my job, and I haven't done it yet. But I know I'm capable of it and that things can go my way."
Danks (9-9, 4.88) hasn't seen much go his way of late. The left-hander allowed two runs over six innings in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland.
"I'd like to go deeper in the game, but I kept us in (it)," he said. "That's the number one rule in my job description, I guess. We'll call it a success. It's not as good as I'd like, but at the end of the day, we didn't win."
That outing was Danks' best in six weeks, a stretch over which he's gone 1-3 with a 7.31 ERA. His only win during that span came 9-5 at Minnesota on July 25 after giving up four runs over seven innings.
Danks, who had dropped his previous six decisions in the series, is 7-12 with a 5.35 ERA against the Twins - his most losses against any team. Joe Mauer is 22 for 56 in their matchups and Oswaldo Arcia is 5 for 15 with two homers.
Chicago (63-75) is seeking a third consecutive victory after winning 6-3 on Tuesday. Dayan Viciedo delivered a tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning and Tyler Flowers added a pair of two-run shots for his first career multi-homer game.
"Even though we're not where we want to be right now, there's still a level of professionalism you have to keep," Flowers said. "Trying to get them off on the right foot, doing the right things."
The White Sox last won three straight July 24-26 in Minnesota.
Jose Abreu could return to the lineup after getting a day off due to general soreness. The slugging first baseman is batting .339 with seven extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 14 games against the Twins.
"He's not injured, but every time you look at him it looks like he might get injured," manager Robin Ventura said. "He wants to play, but I think we're just making sure he doesn't do anything worse."
The Twins (60-78), losers in eight of 10 overall, have gone 9-20 at home since July 2 for baseball's second-worst record over that stretch. However, rookie Kennys Vargas is 12 for 27 with two homers, five doubles and nine RBIs during a six-game hitting streak in Minnesota.