Minnesota (43-39) at Chicago (41-42)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 2, 2003
  • TV: FSNO, FSCH
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The Chicago White Sox are making a serious push to dethrone the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

The White Sox will have new second baseman Roberto Alomar in the lineup as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins.

Chicago acquired the 10-time Gold Glove winner from the New York Mets on Tuesday for minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte, and infielder Andrew Salvo.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams welcomed the trade.

“It gives us an experienced, battle-tested veteran that has proven he can withstand a pennant race and play big in big games,” Williams said.

Chicago made another trade hours later, sending up to three minor leaguers to Texas for outfielder Carl Everett.

Everett is hitting .274 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs and is eligible to become a free agent after the season. Alomar was hitting .262 for the Mets when the trade was made.

Chicago beat Minnesota 6-1 on Tuesday, knocking the Twins out of the AL Central lead. Despite being one game below .500, the White Sox are just three games behind first-place Kansas City.

“We seem to be on a pretty good roll right now,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. “We’ve won a few series starting with the Cubs series. That was big for us. It’s been a good stretch of games for us.”

The Twins, who have lost four of six, will send struggling starter Kyle Lohse to the mound on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA over his last three starts. His ERA has jumped from 2.91 to 3.96 over that span.

Lohse is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 15 career games, including 14 starts, against the White Sox.

STANDINGS: Twins - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 3rd place, 3 GB, AL Central.

TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Lohse (6-6, 3.96 ERA). Lohse gave up six runs—five earned—and eight hits over five innings in a 13-1 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Dan Wright (0-3, 5.03 ERA). The 25-year-old right-hander allowed only one run and six hits over 6 1-3 innings against the Cubs on Friday, but failed to figure in the decision as the White Sox won 4-3.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Twins - Corey Koskie, .308 avg. and 12 HRs; Koskie and Torii Hunter, 50 RBIs; Koskie and Jacque Jones, 46 runs; Cristian Guzman, 7 SBs. White Sox - Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas, .285 avg.; Thomas, 18 HRs; Carlos Lee, 49 RBIs and 8 SBs; Ordonez, 50 runs.

SEASON SERIES: White Sox, 6-5.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Twins - OF Jacque Jones was out of the lineup Tuesday with a strained groin muscle. He is day-to-day. … The Twins are 30-5 when they score first. … SS Guzman is second in the AL with nine triples. White Sox - Chicago has not made the playoffs since 2000. The White Sox were swept in three games by Seattle in the AL division series that year. … OF Lee is batting .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs and three doubles lifetime against RHP Lohse. … RHP Wright failed to earn a decision in any of his four starts in June despite pitching to a 3.42 ERA.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Twins - 22-19 on the road; White Sox - 25-18 at home.

INJURIES: Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL. White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (side), 15-day DL.

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