The Chicago White Sox will wrap up a four-game series with Minnesota Sunday at Target Field, and will send pitcher John Danks to the mound to match up against the Twins' Phil Hughes.
The White Sox and Twins are both trying to climb out of the bottom of the AL Central race, though neither are very far behind either Kansas City or Detroit.
Danks heads to the mound sporting a 6-5 record this season with a 3.97 earned run average and 62 strikeouts. The left-hander has started 24 career games against the Twins, and hasn't fared well. Danks owns a 6-11 career record versus Minnesota with a 5.18 ERA and has allowed 85 earned runs in 147 2/3 innings pitched.
He hasn't performed well on the road this season either, with a 2-3 record and a 5.70 ERA. But lately Danks has been on point with three consecutive victories, including his last outing against San Francisco. Danks pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits with four strikeouts as his White Sox defeated the Giants, 8-2.
The Twins send out Hughes, who is looking to rebound from a tough outing against the Red Sox in which he pitched a complete game but still picked up the loss. Hughes enters the contest with a 7-3 record and a 3.09 ERA with 78 strikeouts and just eight walks.
Hughes struck out six Red Sox batters - which ties his fewest number of strikeouts in the month of June - and allowed just two runs on eight hits, but the Sox still earned the 2-1 win. Despite the loss, Hughes is 6-2 in his last 10 starts, and owns a 1.99 career ERA against the White Sox.
It was yet another rough outing for White Sox starter Andre Rienzo on Saturday. The right hander picked up his fifth consecutive loss following a 4-3 Twins victory, in which Rienzo surrendered all four runs to Minnesota during his stint on the mound.
Kevin Correia nabbed the win for the Twins - his fourth of the season - and Glen Perkins picked up his 19th save, although he gave up a run in the ninth.
"I've made some slight adjustments and I've been steadily getting a little better, but I think the ball's just kind of bouncing my way a little more than it had," Correia said.
Rienzo lasted 4 1/3 innings in the contest and allowed seven hits, four runs and struck out three. Scott Carroll did damage control, but the White Sox couldn't find the offense to come back.
Not even 24 hours after his walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, Brian Dozier provided another couple of hits for the Twins, and scored a run in the process. Joe Mauer drove in two runs with a fifth-inning double.
Gordon Beckham had two RBI for Chicago thanks to being hit by a pitch in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The White Sox took two of three in Chicago to open the season, but are in danger of being swept by Minnesota in the four-game series Sunday.