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Wednesday, September 18th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Twins (64-86) at Chicago White Sox (60-91), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Scott Diamond (5-11, 5.61) Chicago - John Danks (4-13, 4.73)

(Sports Network) - Southpaw John Danks can pitch the last-place Chicago White Sox to a rare series sweep on Wednesday afternoon when they host the Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

The 28-year-old has faced the Twins 23 times in his career and won six of 16 decisions while allowing 156 hits and 88 runs in 140 2/3 innings - allowing an opposition batting average of .286.

The most recent meeting came Aug. 9 in Chicago, where he was touched for four hits and three runs in six innings of a game the White Sox ultimately lost, 7-5.

Danks is 2-4 in six starts since, including a 14-3 blowout loss to Cleveland on Sept. 12, in which he was walloped for seven runs on nine hits while retiring just 12 batters.

In 10 home starts this season, he is 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 65 2/3 innings.

Danks faces right-hander Scott Diamond, who makes his second start since a month-long demotion to the minor leagues.

The 27-year-old Canadian was 5-10 with a 5.52 ERA after a 7-2 loss to Kansas City on Aug. 1, and was subsequently sent to Triple-A Rochester, where he was 4-0 in six starts with a 2.41 ERA.

In one start since his return to the majors, Diamond took an 8-2 loss to Oakland after allowing five runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

He last faced the White Sox on June 20 and was an 8-4 winner, bumping his career record against Chicago to 4-4 in eight meetings.

On Tuesday, Dayan Viciedo finished 3-for-5 and drove in two runs as Chicago edged Minnesota, 4-3.

Alejandro De Aza added two hits and scored twice, while Marcus Semien and Alexei Ramirez knocked in a run apiece for the White Sox, who entered the series after losing six in a row.

Jose Quintana (8-6) allowed eight hits and one run, fanning five with just two walks over six innings.

Trevor Plouffe collected two hits and two RBI for the Twins, who have dropped six of seven. Brian Dozier contributed three hits and two runs scored in defeat.

Mike Pelfrey (5-13) struck out six, but was charged with nine hits and three runs over 4 1/3 frames.

Minnesota won 10 of the first 16 games in 2013 with the White Sox, a year after Chicago won 14 of 18 in the season series.

09/18 10:26:28 ET

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Scoreboard
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3rd
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
4th
BOS 71
CHA 75
 
4th
IND 83
CLE 70
 
4th
PHI 72
WAS 70
 
4th
BOS 71
CHA 75
 
3rd
TOR 46
GSW 79
 
3rd
DET 60
NYK 58
 
3rd
ATL 66
ORL 65
 
Half
HOU 53
BRK 57
 
Half
MEM 41
LAC 41
 
Half
NOP 54
MIA 54
 
Half
CHI 51
MIN 44
 
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QUIN 73
SIENA 63
 
Final
CORN 57
HARV 49
 
Final
CAN 72
FAIR 65
 
2nd
IONA 77
MAN 71
 
Final
BRO 75
PENN 69
 
Final
YALE 81
PRIN 60
 
2nd
MAR 67
PETE 66
 
Half
CLMB 38
DART 40
 
2nd
AKR 34
OHIO 30
 
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3rd
NJD 2
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 1
CAL 0
 
3rd
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
2nd Intermission
TAM 2
CHI 0
 
1st Intermission
DAL 0
COL 0
 
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