Final
  for this game

White Sox-Twins Preview

Jul 12, 2009 - 4:59 AM Chicago (44-42) at Minnesota (44-43), 2:10 p.m. EDT

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle didn't have much trouble in two home victories over the Minnesota Twins this year. Now he'll look to carry that dominance to the Metrodome as the White Sox go for their first series win in Minnesota in two seasons Sunday.

Buehrle (9-2, 3.14 ERA), who went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts and is trying to reach 10 victories for the ninth straight season, posted a 1.35 ERA in winning both of his starts versus the Twins in 2009. He didn't issue a walk in 13 1-3 innings during those games.

Those outings came at U.S. Cellular Field, however. The All-Star left-hander faced the Twins at the Metrodome twice last year and posted a 5.25 ERA in losing both starts, although he pitched seven innings of three-run ball in the most recent one Sept. 24.

Buehrle will look to keep the Twins in check early Sunday, as seven of the eight runs they scored off the White Sox ace in 2008 came in the first three innings.

The White Sox (45-42) went 1-8 at the Metrodome last season, but hung on for an 8-7 victory Saturday and can win a series at Minnesota for the first time since Sept. 21-23, 2007.

Jim Thome matched a season high with four RBIs for Chicago, which built a five-run lead after six innings and survived for its first victory at the Metrodome since July 30.

"I wish somebody else would give those guys credit, not just me, because I sound like I'm pulling for them," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of the Twins. "They show up every day."

Chicago is looking to move four games over .500 for the first time since beating Minnesota 1-0 in last season's one-game playoff for the AL Central title.

The Twins (44-44), who dropped to 3-5 on their season-high nine-game homestand and are 3-5 against the White Sox this season, will try to win their fourth straight home series over Chicago.

To do that, they'll need Scott Baker (6-7, 5.31) to bounce back from his shortest outing this season.

After going 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in the previous six starts, the right-hander didn't make it through the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 10-2 home defeat to the New York Yankees. He gave up five runs and nine hits to lose for the first time since May 29.

Baker gave up four runs over five innings and lost 6-2 to Buehrle at U.S. Cellular Field on May 19. That came after he earned his first home win over the White Sox on Sept. 23, allowing one run in seven innings of a 9-3 victory.

The right-hander will look to benefit from Joe Crede's success against his former team this season. Minnesota's third baseman homered twice Saturday to give him four in eight games versus the White Sox, with whom he played his first nine seasons.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 7 11 2
    MINNESOTA 1 4 0 3 0 0 5 0 x 13 15 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - MARK BUEHRLE, D.J. CARRASCO (4TH), AARON POREDA (6TH), TONY
    PENA (7TH), SCOTT LINEBRINK (8TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    MIN - SCOTT BAKER, JOSE MIJARES (7TH), MATT

    Jul 14 11:59 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON CASTRO SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CASTRO ON FIRST, J NIX ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7
    MINNESOTA 13 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J FIELDS (.226, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    White Sox 7, Twins 13  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 14 11:59 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GORDON BECKHAM SCORED JOSH FIELDS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BECKHAM ON FIRST, C GETZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    MINNESOTA 13 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: B ANDERSON (.236, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 6, Twins 13  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 14 11:58 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI ALLOWED NICK PUNTO TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 13 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.375, 0-FOR-4)

    White Sox 5, Twins 13  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 14 11:57 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY GORDON BECKHAM ALLOWED CARLOS GOMEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 12 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.375, 0-FOR-4)

    White Sox 5, Twins 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 14 11:57 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DENARD SPAN SCORED JOE CREDE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N PUNTO ON SECOND, C GOMEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.276, 3-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    White Sox 5, Twins 11  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 14 11:57 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU AND MICHAEL
    CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, J CREDE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.201, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox 5, Twins 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 14 11:57 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SCOTT PODSEDNIK SCORED CHRIS GETZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ANDERSON ON FIRST, G BECKHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.277, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox 5, Twins 8  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 14 11:56 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (14) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF SCOTT BAKER SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ AND JERMAINE
    DYE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.303, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 4, Twins 8  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 14 11:55 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRENDAN HARRIS (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF MARK BUEHRLE SCORED DENARD SPAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.378, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 1, Twins 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 14 11:54 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D SPAN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.274, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    White Sox 1, Twins 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 14 11:53 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DEWAYNE WISE SCORED CHRIS GETZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D WISE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    MINNESOTA 5 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: S PODSEDNIK (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 1, Twins 5  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 14 11:52 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED DENARD SPAN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    MINNESOTA 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.380, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 0, Twins 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 14 11:52 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS GOMEZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF MARK BUEHRLE SCORED JOE CREDE AND MIKE REDMOND.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, MINNESOTA 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.203, 0 HR, 16 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Twins 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 14 11:52 AM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DENARD SPAN (5) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    1ST OFF MARK BUEHRLE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, MINNESOTA 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.269, 4 HR, 23 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Twins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 14 11:51 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 0 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHA - MARK BUEHRLE
    MIN - SCOTT BAKER

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.288, 4 HR, 28 RBI)
    B HARRIS (.269, 4 HR, 23 RBI)
    J MAUER (.381, 15 HR, 49 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Twins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 14 11:51 AM


  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 7 11 2
    MINNESOTA 1 4 0 3 0 0 5 0 x 13 15 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - MARK BUEHRLE, D.J. CARRASCO (4TH), AARON POREDA (6TH), TONY
    PENA (7TH), SCOTT LINEBRINK (8TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    MIN - SCOTT BAKER, JOSE MIJARES (7TH), MATT

    White Sox 7, Twins 13  FinalJul 12 9:31 PM


  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 8 FINAL

    White Sox 5, Twins 8  FinalJul 12 6:52 PM
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    White Sox 7, Twins 13  FinalJul 12 6:13 PM


  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 7 12 2
    MINNESOTA 1 4 0 3 0 0 5 0 x 13 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - MARK BUEHRLE, D.J. CARRASCO (4TH), AARON POREDA (6TH), TONY
    PENA (7TH), SCOTT LINEBRINK (8TH) AND A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    MIN - SCOTT BAKER, JOSE MIJARES (7TH), MATT

    Jul 12 4:58 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON CASTRO SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CASTRO ON FIRST, J NIX ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 7
    MINNESOTA 13 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J FIELDS (.226, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    White Sox 7, Twins 13  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 12 4:55 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GORDON BECKHAM SCORED JOSH FIELDS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BECKHAM ON FIRST, C GETZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 6
    MINNESOTA 13 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: B ANDERSON (.236, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 6, Twins 13  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 12 4:42 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI ALLOWED NICK PUNTO TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 13 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.375, 0-FOR-4)

    White Sox 5, Twins 13  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 12 4:33 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY GORDON BECKHAM ALLOWED CARLOS GOMEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 12 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.375, 0-FOR-4)

    White Sox 5, Twins 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 12 4:31 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DENARD SPAN SCORED JOE CREDE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N PUNTO ON SECOND, C GOMEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.276, 3-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    White Sox 5, Twins 11  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 12 4:30 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU AND MICHAEL
    CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, J CREDE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.201, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox 5, Twins 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 12 4:25 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SCOTT PODSEDNIK SCORED CHRIS GETZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ANDERSON ON FIRST, G BECKHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    MINNESOTA 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.277, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox 5, Twins 8  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 12 4:09 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (14) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF SCOTT BAKER SCORED ALEXEI RAMIREZ AND JERMAINE
    DYE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.303, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 4, Twins 8  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 12 3:41 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRENDAN HARRIS (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF MARK BUEHRLE SCORED DENARD SPAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, MINNESOTA 8
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.378, 0-FOR-2)

    White Sox 1, Twins 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 12 3:13 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D SPAN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.274, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    White Sox 1, Twins 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 12 3:12 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DEWAYNE WISE SCORED CHRIS GETZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D WISE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    MINNESOTA 5 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: S PODSEDNIK (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 1, Twins 5  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 12 2:48 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED DENARD SPAN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    MINNESOTA 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.380, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 0, Twins 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 12 2:42 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS GOMEZ (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF MARK BUEHRLE SCORED JOE CREDE AND MIKE REDMOND.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, MINNESOTA 4
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.203, 0 HR, 16 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Twins 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 12 2:36 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DENARD SPAN (5) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    1ST OFF MARK BUEHRLE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, MINNESOTA 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.269, 4 HR, 23 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Twins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 12 2:19 PM