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Thursday, July 24 (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (48-54) at Minnesota Twins (46-54), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Hector Noesi (4-7, 5.21) Minnesota - Phil Hughes (10-6, 4.06)

(SportsNetwork.com) - And then, there was drought.

The Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox have gone from prodigious offense to struggling for runs in recent days, and they'll both be trying to work out the kinks when they open a four-game series on Thursday night at Target Field.

Minnesota won a series from Cleveland to begin the week, but scored only three runs in Wednesday's finale and have managed only 15 runs in their last six games.

For the season, they're averaging 4.2 runs per game.

Chicago has the same season-long clip, but is hitting only .179 with runners in scoring position in its last 11.

The White Sox scored once in each of the final two games of a series with Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Minnesota pitchers had been equally impotent while posting a 6.60 earned run average in eight games, but spot starter Anthony Swarzak tossed five innings of one-run ball on Wednesday.

He's followed up by Phil Hughes, who's logged a bloated 6.34 ERA while splitting his last six starts. The first of those six was a 6-5 defeat of the White Sox on June 22, in which Hughes allowed five runs in five innings.

He had posted a 1.34 ERA in his career against Chicago before being dinged for four runs in five innings of a 10-9 Chicago win in early April.

In his last start, Hughes allowed 11 hits in seven innings of a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

Hector Noesi goes for the White Sox, following a 4-3 defeat on Houston on Saturday in which he allowed three runs in six innings.

Last time he faced the Twins was June 20 in Minnesota, and he got a no- decision after surrendering four runs in seven innings.

"I'm getting prepared for the second half to be tough," Noesi said. "So, I'm more aggressive when I go to the mound."

Minnesota has won five of seven in the series this season, including four straight at Target Field in mid-June.

07/24 10:46:10 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 84
NYK 77
 
3rd
HOU 61
NOP 63
 
1st
SAC 4
MIL 4
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
 
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
2nd
SD 45
MNTST 44
 
2nd
UAB 42
LSU 44
 
2nd
EVAN 42
OHIO 45
 
1st
CSFU 0
CSDH 0
 
1st
ORST 10
DEP 3
 
1st
PAC 5
NEV 6
 
1st
USF 10
PORST 7
 
1st
IDAHO 0
WALLA 0
 
10:15pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
3rd
JAC 14
TEN 10