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Minnesota Twins (9-12) at Chicago White Sox (12-10), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Joe Mays (2-2, 5.96)
Chicago - Mark Buehrle (2-2, 3.27)
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins hope to stop their second six-game
losing streak of the season tonight when they open a three-game series
against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
On Thursday, the Twins fell 2-1 to the upstart Kansas City Royals in the
finale of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Torii Hunter and A.J.
Pierzynski each collected two hits in the loss for Minnesota, which outhit the
Royals, 7-4. The defending AL Central champion Twins, whose current skid comes
after winning six in a row, have now fallen eight games back of the division-
The sweep of the rain-shortened two-game set was the second straight sweep
against the Twins, who have either swept or been swept in all seven of their
series this season. Minny also dropped six in a row from April 4-10.
Brad Radke (1-3) pitched his first complete game of the season while suffering
the loss. He hurled eight innings and allowed just two runs on four hits to go
along with four strikeouts and a walk.
Minnesota will look to righthander Joe Mays to change their fortunes tonight.
Mays is 2-2 on the year with a 5.96 ERA and is coming off a loss in his last
start against the Yankees. The 27-year-old allowed four runs on six hits in 6
In 14 career appearances, including 13 starts, against the White Sox, he is
6-2 with a 3.53 ERA.
Chicago, meanwhile, comes into Friday's contest after dropping two of three to
the Baltimore Orioles, including Thursday's 5-4 setback. D'Angelo Jimenez
finished 2-for-4 and Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who
have lost four of their last five overall.
Jimenez has now reached base safely in 19 games.
Tom Gordon (1-2) suffered the loss after hurling just two-thirds of an inning
and allowing one run on one hit with one strikeout.
Mark Buehrle will toe the rubber tonight for the White Sox and is 2-2 with a
3.27 ERA on the season. The 23-year-old righthander allowed seven runs on 11
hits over 4 1/3 innings in his last outing, a 7-4 loss to the Cleveland
Buehrle has made 12 appearances against the Twins -- 10 starts -- and is 7-2
with a 4.02 ERA.
Minnesota was 11-8 against the White Sox last year and is 25-13 against
Chicago since the start of the 2001 season. The Twins are also 11-8 against
the Sox in the Windy City over the past two seasons.
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