White Sox, Twins start series with doubleheader

White Sox, Twins start series with doubleheader
August 9, 2013, 8:45 am
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White Sox vs. Twins, Game 1, 1 p.m.
on Comcast SportsNet

On the hill: John Danks (2-9, 4.52 ERA); Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69 ERA)

Danks vs. Twins (Career): 6-10, 5.21 ERA, 81 strikeouts, 134 2/3 IP

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Twins at at a glance: 49-62 (4th in American League Central, 18 games behind Detroit) ... 23-35 on the road this season ... 6-2 this season vs. the White Sox.

Stay tuned for Game 2. The second game of Friday's series-opening doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. That tilt features Charlie Leesman making his major league debut for the White Sox opposing Twins starter Liam Hendriks, who makes his return to the big leagues for his first start since April.

Twins pitching leaders: Wins - Kevin Correia (7); ERA - Correia (4.84); Strikeouts - Correia (70); Saves - Glen Perkins (27)

Twins batting leaders: Average - Joe Mauer (.319); Home runs - Justin Morneau (11); RBIs - Morneau (59); Slugging percentage - Mauer (.460); On-base percentage - Mauer (.400)

Vinnie Duber

Fresh off a sweep of the Yankees, it's time to play two.

The White Sox and Twins will play a day-night doubleheader Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet.

Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. with White Sox Pregame Live before Game 1 action, beginning at 1 p.m. After the first matchup of the day comes to a close, stick around for White Sox Postgame Live. Chicago sports coverage continues with SportsTalk Live at 5:30 p.m. and SportsNet Central at 6:30. That all leads up to Game 2 from the South Side, which gets going at 7 p.m. Conclude your day of White Sox baseball with another edition of White Sox Postgame Live and SportsNet Central, both following Game 2.

In other words, there's really no need to touch that dial.

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The two American League Central Division rivals haven't squared off since June 18-20, when the Twins swept a three-game set in Minnesota. But Friday's doubleheader will provide plenty of time to get reacquainted.

The Sox enter Friday's game riding a three-game winning streak, thanks to a sweep of the Yankees. It's their longest since winning three straight June 8-10 against the A's and Blue Jays. The Twins, meanwhile, are 4-3 since the calendar turned to August. Minnesota has a 6-2 edge in the season series against the Sox so far in 2013.

John Danks will get the ball in Game 1, searching for his first victory since July 2. As has seemingly been the case all season, he's been the victim of poor run support in his last couple starts. He combined to allow just four earned runs over 13 innings in his last two outings, which both came on the road, but he went 0-1 in those starts with the Sox offense mustering a total of two runs in those two games.

Danks might not be too happy to see the Twins, though, as one of his worst outings of the season came against Minnesota. On June 20, the left-hander allowed six runs on 12 hits -- including four homers -- in just five innings of work.

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Opposing Danks will be rookie hurler Kyle Gibson, who will be making his first career start against the Sox. In his seven starts this season, Gibson is 2-3 with a 6.69 ERA.

In the nightcap, it'll be the major league debut for White Sox lefty Charlie Leesman. The 26-year-old Leesman has made 13 starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season, going 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings. The Cincinnati native has posted a 52-29 record in six seasons in the Sox system.

Game 2 will mark a return to the big leagues for Minnesota righty Liam Hendriks, who will be making his first start since April 10. He was sent to Triple-A Rochester after two starts with the big league club this season. In the minors, Hendriks has made 14 starts, going 3-8 with a 5.12 ERA.