The Twins have lost eight of their last 10 games to fall back into a tie with Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. Minnesota had been in sole possession of first place since May 17.
The Royals have taken full advantage of the Twins’ poor play, winning seven of nine.
Mays is off to a respectable 8-4 start despite his 5.48 ERA. The right-hander has won five of his last six decisions.
He has dominated the White Sox during his five-year career, going 8-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts.
Mays hopes Minnesota’s offense gives him more run support than it gave teammate Rick Reed on Tuesday.
Chicago’s Esteban Loaiza held the Twins to one run and six hits over eight innings, leading the White Sox to a 2-1 win.
Loaiza struck out six and walked one to earn his 11th win. Only one Minnesota baserunner advanced past first in the first seven innings.
Reed was the hard-luck loser after allowing just two runs and six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.
“Reeder was awesome,” Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “It’s just a shame we couldn’t score any runs for the poor guy”
Konerko is hitting just .191 with 17 RBIs this year, after hitting a career-high .304 with 104 RBIs in 2002. However, Manuel played down the thought that Konerko’s role would be dramatically reduced in the second half of the season.
“At some point you have to find a place to get him in there,” he said.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 4 1/2 GB, AL Central. Twins - 1st place (tied), AL Central.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Jon Garland (5-6, 4.71 ERA). Garland is 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA in nine games, including six starts, against Minnesota. The 23-year-old righty is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA over his last three starts overall. Garland allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings in a 12-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mays (8-4, 5.48 ERA). Mays held Kansas City to two runs and six hits over eight innings as the Twins rolled to a 16-2 win on Thursday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .276 avg. and 38 runs; Frank Thomas, 16 HRs; Lee, 43 RBIs and 7 SBs. Twins - Doug Mientkiewicz, .306 avg.; Corey Koskie, 11 HRs and 48 RBIs; Jacque Jones, 45 runs; Jones and Koskie, 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Twins, 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - OF Ordonez is batting .162 (6-for-37) lifetime against RHP Mays. … Chicago has scored 306 runs, the second-lowest total in the AL. … RHP Billy Koch has five of his 11 saves in June. Twins - LHP Eddie Guardado is tied for second in the AL with 19 saves. … C A.J. Pierzynski is batting .154 (2-for-13) lifetime against RHP Garland. … OF Jones has is batting only .222 (18-for-81) in June after hitting .326 in April and .333 in May.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 15-23 on the road; Twins - 18-18 at home.