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Saturday, July 26 (All times eastern)

Chicago White Sox (50-54) at Minnesota Twins (46-56), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Chris Sale (9-1, 2.03) Minnesota - Logan Darnell (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The two teams bringing up the rear in the American League Central settle in for the third of a four-game set Saturday as the Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.

Minnesota, 12 games out of contention in the division and 10 games under .500 overall, has opened the second half of the season with just two wins in eight opportunities. The squad has dropped the first two games of this series, falling last night by a final of 9-5.

On the eve of major league baseball's Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, an event that will celebrate the accomplishments of former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, a new power hitter is making headlines for Chicago these days.

Rookie sensation Jose Abreu became the first player to 30 home runs in the majors this year on Friday, delivering a three-run shot in the first inning to put the visitors on top. Abreu, now batting .292, finished with a pair of hits and two runs scored and is now second in the majors in RBI with 77.

"You just expect him to be in the middle of things when it's happening," manager Robin Ventura said of Abreu. "If he's hitting well, it seems like we're doing well. There's a lot of good things that happen when we get guys on base and he's up there."

Chicago pounded out 17 hits, four coming from Dayan Viciedo and three more by Tyler Flowers. Alexei Ramirez, who connected on his ninth home run of the year, crossed the plate three times.

John Danks, who made it through just 4 1/3 innings against Houston in his previous outing, was credited with the win as he permitted four runs on six hits and struck out five in seven innings of action.

"I did put a little extra pressure on myself this time, coming off that one," Danks commented. "I didn't want that to turn my season around. I didn't think it would, but I certainly wanted to get back out there."

Kevin Correia was saddled with the loss as the Minnesota starter scattered 10 hits, leading to six earned runs, in addition to walking a pair without the benefit of a single strikeout through a mere four innings.

"It was not a very good baseball game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "From the get-go we got behind early with Kevin making a couple bad pitches, and they deposited one big-time. So we had to fight through it. We all know the shape of our bullpen, so we had to leave him in there."

Chris Colabello knocked in a pair of runs for the home team, while Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia logged two hits apiece as both went deep in the losing cause.

After finishing three games under .500 a year ago at 11-14, Chicago hurler Chris Sale has turned the corner and is now shooting for his 10th victory of 2014, against just a single setback, as he takes the hill for the Sox tonight.

Undefeated in his last six appearances, the left-hander is coming off a meeting against Kansas City in which he permitted just a single run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight over seven innings during a 3-1 win on Monday.

Outside of a shaky effort versus Toronto late last month when he issued five walks through seven innings, Sales has shown dominating control in his last 10 contests, allowing a total of only 10 bases-on-balls.

Sale is an impressive 5-1 in his career versus Minnesota, carrying a 2.42 ERA through six starts and 14 total appearances.

While the Sox have a dominating arm in Sale going for them tonight, the Twins are indicating that they will be recalling Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to counter.

The left-hander from the University of Kentucky, has appeared in the majors just once previously, working three innings in a 4-2 loss at Cleveland back in May. Darnell struck out one of the batters he faced in that contest.

07/26 10:20:56 ET

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Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
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OKC 86
GSW 91
 
1st
LAL 8
DEN 6
 
Final
GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
Final
UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
Final
FAIR 80
SD 72
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EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
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CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
Final
LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
Final
SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
Final
KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
Final
UCF 76
USCU 69
 
Final
SCAR 63
AKR 68
 
Final
WVU 78
UCONN 68
 
Final
CALST 70
DEL 52
 
Final
HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
Final
OSU 106
SHU 48
Final
VANDY 78
TENST 46
2nd
NE 63
MAN 45
 
2nd
COLST 68
MERC 58
 
2nd
MISS 61
NARZ 51
 
2nd
WASH 59
PAC 51
 
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
1st
CHAR 25
MIAMI 28
 
1st
GAELS 21
UCI 21
 
1st
ILLST 20
ODU 6
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCLA
LBSU
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
MONT
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 2
ARI 0
 
1st
VAN 0
CHI 0
 
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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SFX 17
WAS 13
2nd
NYG 21
DAL 10