Twins face White Sox, eye chance to build on division lead

minnesota twins Homecoming from a successful road trip brought not only a return to first place in the up-for-grabbs American League Central, but also a chance to regain their slim lead

Their six-game homestand begins on Friday night chicago white sox, It is the start of a crucial 12-game series against teams without a winning record and a chance to build a two-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Guardians.

after three matches against white sox16 games under .500, Minnesota would play three games against the Seattle Mariners to get back over the .500 mark with a 5–0 win. Twins on Thursday afternoon. Manager Rocco Baldelli’s team then takes the field for three games each in Kansas City and St. Louis

Meanwhile, the Guardians have three-game series against the two current World Series contenders, Philadelphia and Houston, as well as three games at home against the Royals and four games in Chicago. white sox

Right-hander Joe Ryan (8-6, 3.77 ERA) will start Friday’s opener for Minnesota Vs. Veteran right-hander Lance Lynn (6-8, 6.06).

Ryan, who has won only one of his last nine starts, is 0–0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts, covering 10 innings against. white sox, His only appearance against them this season ended in a no-decision. On May 2 at Chicago, he allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out seven of six scoreless innings during one game. Twins Lost 3-2 in 10 innings

Lin, the aim of the trade rumors is heading towards August. 1 trade deadline, is 2-2, with a 4.50 ERA in nine career starts against Twins, He struck out 10 at Minnesota on April 11, when he allowed three runs in six innings without a decision as Minnesota went 4–3 in 10 innings.

Lynn has won two of his last three starts and earned a 6-5 win at Atlanta on Saturday when he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He runs six fans.

Minnesota could muster only five hits in its loss at Seattle on Thursday. Mariners right-hander George Kirby limited Twins Four hits while 10 outs in seven innings

Baldelli said, “He came as advertised.” “Today we didn’t have an answer to that.”

rate drop Twins Designated hitter Byron Buxton returned to the starting lineup after “resetting” two games, but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Buxton, who is batting .193, is 0 for 25 with 15 strikeouts in his last six games.

Baldelli said, “He will keep working.” “It’s a long season and it’s tough. … You’ll have points (in the season) that feel like low points, and it doesn’t take much to get out of those low points. But it takes work, and it takes discipline, and it takes belief and focus. He has those things, and he’s surrounded by people who know what he’s capable of and who are going to keep him going.”

Chicago is 3–3 at the start of the final leg of a nine-game road swing.

white sox took two of three from the Atlanta Braves, but just one of three from the New York Mets. He saved the final game against the Mets in a 6-2 win on Thursday as Michael Kopech allowed only one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings and Eloy Jimenez had two hits and an RBI.

white sox Manager Pedro Grifol believes his team has not given up despite speculation the team will be sold at the trade deadline

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Grifol said, “No matter where you are, you’re always thinking about the future.” “It’s not a one-stop shop. … We want to win this year. No matter where you are, you’re always thinking about winning this year, preparing yourself for next year and the year after.”

–Field Level Media

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