The red-hot Minnesota Twins seek their 13th win in 17 games when they visit the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for the middle contest of their five-game series. The teams split a doubleheader on Monday, but it was enough for the Twins to move into sole possession of the American League’s second wild-card spot.
Jorge Polanco homered in both ends of the twinbill - raising his season total to five - as Minnesota moved one-half game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card race. Brian Dozier belted a three-run shot in the Twins’ Game 2 victory and is 10-for-20 with three homers and six RBIs during his six-game hitting streak. Slugger Jose Abreu went deep in the White Sox’s win in the opener and has hit six homers in his last 10 games to become first player in franchise history with 25 or more shots in each of his first four seasons. Soaring rookie Nicky Delmonico has reached base in 18 of his 19 appearances and clubbed his sixth homer in Monday’s nightcap.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Kyle Gibson (6-10, 6.05 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (NR)
Gibson has lost four of his last five decisions and worked only four innings in his last turn. The 29-year-old gave up three runs and seven hits against Cleveland in the defeat and has pitched 5 1/3 frames or fewer in each of his last three turns. Gibson has fared well against the White Sox by going 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA in nine career starts.
Giolito is making his White Sox debut after being acquired in the offseason from Washington as part of the package for outfielder Adam Eaton. The 23-year-old won his final two turns at Triple-A Charlotte to improve to 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts. The 6-6 Giolito was overmatched in a brief stint with the Nationals last season, when he went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances.
1. Twins CF Byron Buxton is 18-for-45 with four homers and 12 RBIs during his career-best 12-game hitting streak.
2. Chicago 2B Tyler Saladino is just 3-for-25 in his last nine contests.
3. Minnesota recalled 1B Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester to fill the roster spot of All-Star 3B Miguel Sano (shin), who officially was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday.
PREDICTION: Twins 6, White Sox 4