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Twins aiming for division title as they open homestand with White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Twins and White Sox meet for their final series of the season, with Minnesota winning 15 of the last 20 matchups dating to last season. This is Minnesota's best 20-game stretch against Chicago since also going 15-5 between July 18, 2010-August 6, 2011.
  2. Nelson Cruz is batting .471 with eight homers and 23 RBI against the White Sox this season, while Max Kepler is hitting .341 with eight home runs and 20 RBI against them. Since 1920, they are the franchise's first set of teammates to have at least eight homers and 20 RBI against a single team in a single season.
  3. Since August 6, the Twins are 6-12 with their starters posting a 6.29 ERA in 18 games at Target Field. Over that same stretch, they've gone 15-4 in 19 road games with their starters recording a 4.88 ERA.
  4. Jake Odorizzi, who is scheduled to start Wednesday, has a 2.84 ERA and has allowed just five homers in 12 starts against AL Central foes this season. He has a 4.24 ERA and has served up 11 home runs in his other 16 starts.
  5. Lucas Giolito, slated to take the ball Tuesday, struck out 12 his last time out and has 78 strikeouts since the beginning of August to trail only the Astros' Gerrit Cole (80) and Justin Verlander (79) for the most in MLB. Giolito's 228 strikeouts on the season are the most by a White Sox right-hander since Ed Walsh struck out 254 in 1912.
  6. Yoan Moncada leads the majors with 24 hits this month while Tim Anderson is tied for second with the Tigers' Harold Castro and the Rays' Austin Meadows with 22. Anderson has gone 11-for-24 (.458) with two homers and four doubles in six games against the Twins this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/18/2019

The Minnesota Twins open their final homestand of the season on Monday night when they begin a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Target Field in Minneapolis. And depending how things play out, it could be a memorable week for the Twins.

Minnesota (91-58), which ends the homestand with four games against the struggling Kansas City Royals (55-95), holds a 4 1/2 game lead in the American League Central over the Cleveland Indians (87-63) with just 13 games to go. The magic number is nine for the Twins to clinch their first division title since 2010.

Minnesota, which took two out of three games from the Indians over the weekend, also could make history by becoming the first major league team to have five players with 30 home runs in a season. The Twins currently have four - Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) - with Miguel Sano just one away after hitting his 29th in Sunday's 7-5 loss.

"It's awesome, but I'm waiting for one more guy," Rosario told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after hitting Nos. 30 and 31 in Sunday's loss. "That's the record in MLB - five guys hitting 30 homers. Awesome."

Minnesota has also hit a major league single-season record 287 home runs this season, one more than the New York Yankees, who have played two more games. They are the 13th team in major league history to have four players with 30 homers and the first since the 2009 Phillies.

Although Minnesota dropped Sunday's finale to the Indians in sloppy fashion committing an uncharacteristic four errors, it's was still a good weekend for Rocco Baldelli's squad, which swept a doubleheader on Saturday while using a bullpen-by-committee to pitch both games.

"We've been playing great," Baldelli said. "It was a great series, it really was. It was a tremendous job by our guys to come in (Saturday). The resiliency, the effort we got from everyone, top to bottom, it was amazing."

With a series victory already in the bag, Baldelli decided to push back the scheduled start for right-hander Jose Berrios (12-8, 3.63 ERA) to Monday night against a Chicago team he has dominated during his career. Berrios is 10-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 career starts against the White Sox, including 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season.

Chicago will counter with right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (9-13, 5.35), who is just 1-3 with a 5.30 ERA in six career starts against the Twins. Lopez is still searching for his first victory at Target Field, where he has compiled a 0-3 mark and 5.16 ERA in four starts.

The White Sox (65-84), who hold a 10 1/2-game lead over the Royals for third place in the AL Central, have dropped four of their last five games, including back-to-back walk-off losses at Seattle. Sunday afternoon's 11-10 setback was particularly painful as reliever Jose Ruiz walked Tom Murphy with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run as Chicago blew a 10-5 lead over the final two innings.

Ruiz's walk was the 11th issued by White Sox pitchers in the loss, a season high.

"Those are things that we have to certainly clean up in general," manager Rick Renteria told nbcchicago.com. "You see what happens on a major league field. It's not easy to win on a daily basis no matter who you're playing. Nobody quits and nobody's going to feel sorry for them or us or anyone."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2019

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