American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (40-55) at Chicago White Sox (50-45), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Francisco Liriano (3-9, 4.81)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (7-8, 4.54)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Gavin Floyd gets a chance to end a skid for
the Chicago White Sox tonight when they open a three-game series with the
visiting Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago comes into the game having lost five in a row and have tumbled out of
first place in the American League's Central Division for the first time since
The White Sox dropped a 6-4 decision to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at
Comerica Park to fall 1 1/2 games behind the surging Tigers in the Central
Detroit won the division by 15 games in 2011.
Chicago's Philip Humber (4-5) had won three straight road starts, but lasted
just three innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits in the loss.
In addition to the sweep and the five straight losses, the White Sox have
dropped eight of 11 overall.
"We can play with (Detroit), there's no doubt about it. They just basically
out-hit us this series and that happens," Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers said.
"They're hot right now, we're not as hot as we were, but there's always ups
and downs in baseball. We're gonna be fine."
Floyd had won three of four starts heading into the All-Star break before a
stint on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow tendinitis.
He's not pitched in the big leagues since July 7 against Toronto, when he went
7 2/3 scoreless innings against Toronto and allowed just four hits in a 2-0
Two starts prior, he pitched seven scoreless against the Twins while giving up
five hits, walking none and striking out nine in a 3-2 victory. That win moved
him to 5-11 in his career against Minnesota with a 5.87 earned run average in
104 1/3 innings.
For the Twins, lefty Francisco Liriano tries for the third time for his first
win since the All-Star break.
The 28-year-old Dominican was a 5-1 winner at Texas in his last outing before
the intermission, but is 0-2 since, while allowing eight hits and six runs in
14 innings of home losses to Baltimore and Oakland.
He's won just once in six decisions away from home in 2012, with the defeat of
the Rangers as the only victory.
In 14 meetings with Chicago, Liriano is 5-3 with a 4.26 ERA, including a 4-1
win in their last meeting on June 25.
On Sunday in Kansas City, Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate and
Sam Deduno tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, lifting the Twins over the Royals, 7-5,
in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Doumit went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored for the Twins, who
improved to 8-4 against the Royals this season. Brian Dozier knocked in two
Deduno (1-0), making his third career start, gave up one run on six hits to
pick up his first win in the big leagues. He struck out four and walked three.
Chicago has won two of three games in a pair of 2012 series against the Twins
- the first in Chicago in May and the second in Minnesota in June.
The teams split 18 games last season.
07/23 10:19:01 ET