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Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (49-60) at Chicago White Sox (54-57), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94)
Chicago - Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15)
(SportsNetwork.com) - After both teams completed comebacks in each of the
first two games of this series, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox will
play a rubber match on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox rallied for a 10-8 victory over Minnesota on Friday and then the
Twins performed a similar feat on Saturday, pulling out an 8-6 triumph.
Trailing 6-4 in the top of the eighth inning, the Twins got an RBI single from
Kurt Suzuki and a two-run double from Oswaldo Arcia to take a 7-6 lead. Danny
Santana then added a solo home run in the ninth to put the finishing touches
on the victory.
Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to secure his 27th save
of the campaign, while Ryan Pressly got the final out of the seventh inning to
earn the win. Minnesota had lost three straight games prior to Saturday's win.
"We're not a team that just gives up and folds over," said Minnesota's Trevor
Plouffe, who had four hits and drove in two runs. "Our bullpen has been solid
for us all year long. Tonight we had to pick them up, and that's something
that we're proud of."
Ronald Belisario took the loss for the White Sox, allowing three runs in the
eighth inning. Scott Carroll had allowed four runs in his seven innings of
work, but did not factor in the decision.
Adam Eaton went 4-for-5 out of the leadoff spot and Alexi Ramirez homered in
"There's been great fight out of the team all year, I think we can all agree
on that," Eaton said. "It seems like we've had two punching matches with the
Twins so far. We won the first one, they won the second one. I definitely
think we're in a good position to win this (series)."
A pair of young hurlers will take the mound in Sunday's contest as Kyle Gibson
makes the start opposite Jose Quintana.
Gibson pitched in his first season in the big leagues last year and struggled
in 10 starts, posting a 6.53 ERA. His second campaign has been much better. He
is currently 9-8 with an ERA of 3.94 in 114 1/3 innings across 20 starts.
The 26-year-old has yet to face Chicago this season. He pitched against them
once last year, taking a no decision when he allowed three runs on four hits
in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Quintana has been a fixture in the White Sox's rotation for three seasons,
giving him plenty of seasoning despite being just 25 years old. Gibson is
making his 23rd start of the 2014 campaign on Sunday, and the 77th of his
career. This season he is 6-7 with a 3.15 ERA, which has him on pace to set a
The lefty pitched extremely well in July, allowing no more than three runs in
all five of his starts in the month. However, he only factored in a decision
once, earning his sixth win of the season last time out against Detroit when
he allowed two runs over six innings.
Quintana has made two starts against Minnesota this season. He made his season
debut against the Twins and allowed five runs, two earned, and struck out
eight in six innings. Then, on June 19, he tossed seven-innings of two-run
ball. He is still just 2-2 with a 5.36 ERA in eight career starts against the
Twins. Kansas City is the only team he has started more games against (11).
Minnesota has won seven of the 13 meetings between these teams this season.
08/03 10:35:45 ET