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Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 22,518

White Sox's Giolito shut down; Detwiler to face Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

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

With a five-game lead in the American League Central and 12 games to go, the Minnesota Twins are taking a simple approach as they close in on their first division title since 2010.

"I think just coming out playing good baseball," catcher Mitch Garver said when asked what his team's mindset is for its final homestand, which began with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in Minneapolis. "We just need to continue what we're doing."

Minnesota (92-58), which took two out of three at second-place Cleveland (87-63) over the weekend, has a magic number of eight. The Twins got a big break heading into their Tuesday night game with the White Sox (65-85), who are in third place but a distant 27 games behind the Twins.

All-Star right-hander Lucas Giolito (14-9, 3.41 ERA), who went the distance in shutting out the Twins on three hits while striking out 12 in his last start at Target Field on Aug. 21, was scheduled to start Tuesday night's contest. However, he is done for the season because of a mild lat strain.

Left-hander Ross Detwiler (2-5, 6.79 ERA), who is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in five career appearances and two starts against Minnesota, will take Giolito's place. He will start at Target Field for the first time in his career.

The White Sox announced the news of Giolito's injury after the Monday night game.

"I thought it was a cramp in my triceps," Giolito said of some pain he felt in his arm on Sunday. "So, I was like, I don't need to throw a side (session). I'm good. Then the MRI (on Monday) showed it was a very, very mild lat strain. So they decided to shut me down."

Chicago, which has lost three games in a row and is 5-15 in its past 20 games, had lost Giolito's last four starts. He finishes with 228 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings and also tossed three complete games and two shutouts.

"For me, it sucks because I wanted to finish what I started," Giolito said. "But at the same time, it is what it is. It just was kind of a random thing that happened. ... If we were in the playoff hunt at this point, I'd be arguing as much as I could to go out there and pitch."

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, "It's very clear it's a mild lat strain and zero long-term concerns."

Minnesota will start left-hander Martin Perez (10-7, 4.89 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series. Perez is 3-2 with a 4.81 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox but lost his only previous start this season against the White Sox this season, 5-1 at Chicago on July 27.

Perez gave up three runs on seven hits, including a solo homer to Yoan Moncada, over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Garver drove in the go-ahead run Monday night with a double off the bottom of the right field wall in the fifth inning. Minnesota also got another strong start from Jose Berrios (13-8), who allowed two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

"When we (got) home from the Cleveland series, we were playing really, really well," Garver said. "Our offense is producing runs, our defense is making plays and our pitching is really just throwing strikes when we need to. We'll look to continue that ... and hopefully we can sneak out a few wins."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 17, 2019

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