(SportsNetwork.com) – The Chicago White Sox try to get back to some normalcy
on Thursday when they open a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Target
Chicago had its first two games with the Orioles postponed this week due to
the violence in Baltimore that stemmed from the death of 25-year-old man while
in police custody. The teams were able to play Wednesday’s finale, but did so
before an empty Camden Yards, as because of the situation the game was closed
to the public.
Perhaps the White Sox were thrown off by the unusual circumstances, as Jeff
Samardzija surrendered six runs in the first inning and they dropped an 8-2
Avisail Garcia finished with two hits and Geovany Soto drove in a run for the
White Sox, who had a two-game winning streak stopped. Samardzija (1-2) was
tagged in defeat for eight runs — seven earned — on 10 hits over five full
“It was just a weird day,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It was such
a surreal experience that you get past it and get ready for tomorrow.”
On Thursday, the ChiSox will turn to left-handed ace Chris Sale, who is 2-0
with a 2.37 ERA. Sale did not get a decision last Thursday against Kansas
City, but it was through no fault of his own, as he surrendered two runs and
nine hits in seven innings of a 3-2 loss.
Sale, who has not given up more than two runs in any of his three starts, is
7-1 lifetime versus the Twins with a 2.37 ERA in 17 games (9 starts).
Minnesota, meanwhile, will turn to righty Trevor May, who has beaten the White
Sox both times he has faced them. May, though, has split two decisions this
season and has pitched to a 4.91 ERA in three starts.
May was forced to exit his last start on Saturday against Seattle with two
outs in the fourth inning after Kyle Seager laced a liner back up the middle
that hit him in the elbow.
Minnesota lost the rubber match of its three-game series with the Detroit
Tigers on Wednesday, 10-7.
Phil Hughes left the game with a hip injury after allowing three runs in five
innings, but the Twins’ relievers were not sharp. Tim Stauffer and Casey Fien
(1-2) were both charged with three runs.
Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe each homered for the Twins, while Joe Mauer
was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs driven in.
Chicago took two of three from the Twins earlier in the year.