The Chicago White Sox attempt to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series. Chicago captured the finale of a two-game series in Los Angeles on Thursday before sweeping the crosstown-rival Cubs over the weekend.
Minnesota, which owns the worst record in the major leagues at 14-27, began an eight-game road trip with four consecutive victories before falling to Milwaukee on Sunday. The Twins have won 17 of their last 22 visits to U.S. Cellular Field. Both teams have been clicking offensively of late. The White Sox have scored at least six runs in five of their last seven games, while the Twins have recorded a total of 35 runs over their last five contests.
Twins White Sox Betting
When: 8:10 PM ET, Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Where: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), WCIU (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH P.J. Walters (1-1, 3.65 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Gavin Floyd (3-4, 3.44 ERA)
Walters will be making his third start this season and the seventh of his major-league career. The 27-year-old recorded his first victory since 2010 with St. Louis on Thursday, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings at Detroit. Walters has yet to face the White Sox in his career.
Floyd is coming off his worst outing of the campaign, a loss at Los Angeles in which he surrendered season highs of seven runs and 10 hits over six innings. He had yielded a total of four runs over his previous four starts. Floyd, who is 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in four home outings this year, has lost seven straight starts against Minnesota and is 4-10 with a 5.67 ERA in 15 career meetings with the Twins.
1. Minnesota RH Carl Pavano may be scratched from his scheduled start in Thursday’s series finale due to a strained shoulder.
2. The White Sox hope to have 1B Paul Konerko back in the lineup Tuesday. The slugger missed the team’s last two games with swelling above his left eye after being hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzjia of the Cubs on Friday.
3. After hitting just 11 home runs in 122 games last season, Chicago OF Adam Dunn belted his 14th of 2012 on Sunday.