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American League Preview from The Sports Network, Game Two



Friday, August 9th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Twins (49-62) at Chicago White Sox (43-69), 2:10 p.m. & 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) Chicago - John Danks (2-9, 4.52)

Game Two: Minnesota - Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.66) Chicago - Charles Leesman (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are going to be real familiar with one another from here on out. The American League Central foes begin a four-game set on Friday with a day/night doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field.

Unfortunately, the 11 games remaining between the two will be meaningless, as Chicago sits in last place in the division, 24 1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers, while Minnesota is just above it, 18 games off the pace.

Chicago, though, enters this series on a bit of a roll after sweeping the New York Yankees in a three-game set. Of course, though, the White Sox had lost 10 in a row and 13 of 14 before that series.

"We played the game fun the last three days, it was a good time and guys competed well and we've got to try to make ourselves do that every time out there," said Chicago's Paul Konerko.

Getting the call for Robin Ventura's club in the first game will be veteran left-hander John Danks, who has lost his last four decisions. Danks' latest defeat came in Detroit on Saturday, as the Tigers reached him for three runs and six hits in seven innings, dropping him to 2-9 to go along with a 4.52 ERA.

Danks lost to the Twins the last time he faced them and is 6-10 lifetime against them with a 5.21 ERA in 22 starts.

In the second game Chicago will hand the ball to lefty Charlie Leesman, who will be making his big league debut. Leesman tore his ACL last year in the Minors, but he has returned to go 3-1 with a 3.47 ERA in 13 starts with Triple-A Charlotte this season.

"We get good reports on Charlie, and let's see what we got," Ventura said.

Minnesota, meanwhile, lost a series to Kansas City this week, but enters Friday's twinbill with wins in four of its last six games. Despite the series loss to the Royals, the Twins are 4-2-1 in their last seven series.

The Twins will rely on young righty Kyle Gibson in the opener. The 2009 first round pick, who is 2-3 on the year with a 6.69 ERA, was roughed up by the lowly Houston Astros on Saturday to the tune of four runs and nine hits in three innings.

"By all means, I want to win, and I want to win every time I go out there," Gibson said. "I want to go seven, eight, nine innings every time I go out there. But, I have to make sure that I stay focused on the work I want to do and the fact that I've made seven starts. That's not an excuse to be bad -- there's no doubt about it -- but I am still getting used to things, and I just have to try to speed up that learning curve a little bit and try to make adjustments a little better."

Going for Minnesota in the second game will be righty Liam Hendriks, who is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA, but hasn't started since April 10. Hendriks lost that start to Kansas City, despite giving up just a run and four hits in five innings.

Hendriks, though, has lost both of his starts to the White Sox and has pitched to a 4.05 ERA in those outings.

Minnesota has won six of its eight meetings with the White Sox this season.

08/09 11:01:12 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
4th
GSW 89
BOS 77
 
4th
DEN 84
WAS 85
 
1st
LAL 6
HOU 14
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
Final
MD 68
NW 67
 
2nd
UTAH 51
WASH 38
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
Half
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19