White Sox-Twins Preview
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins will go for the series win on Sunday afternoon when it plays the final game of a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.
Minnesota hammered Chicago on Saturday night, scoring 11 runs in three innings, including an eight-run third in an 11-3 victory. The Twins won 8-5 on Thursday in the opener and the White Sox responded with an 11-4 win on Friday night.
Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe all homered for Minnesota in the victory on Saturday.
"We did take advantage of some mistakes, and we were able to pile up some pretty good offensive nights from a handful of guys," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was good to see Byron have another good night. Kepler had a good night. Dozier hits another homer. Plouffe had a homer. Sano took advantage of the 3-0 pitch. We put some runs up."
Buxton also looks like he's starting to come around at the plate. He has six hits, including two homers in three games since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester before Thursday.
"His swing looks a little bit better in terms of quickness and reacting to pitches and recognizing pitches," Molitor said. "There's some good signs there. A handful of at-bats, you want to be careful getting too far ahead. (But) he's doing well."
The eight-run third was assisted by six unearned runs scored after a two-out throwing error on White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier kept the inning alive.
"It kept going," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "When you have two outs and you just couldn't get (the final one). A rough night for us."
Twins left-hander Andrew Albers will be making his second start with the Twins this season and is hoping for better luck this time around. He was blasted for four runs, six hits and three walks in two innings against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Progressive Field.
Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will get the start for Chicago, his fifth with the White Sox since being acquired in July in a trade with Texas Rangers.
Ranaudo hasn't been effective in August, posting an 8.79 ERA in three starts. He allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in five innings in a no-decision against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Chicago lost the game 8-4.
After starting the season series against the Twins with six straight victories, the White Sox are 4-5 in their last nine meetings. A Minnesota win on Sunday would mark its second consecutive series win over a division rival.