Minnesota (55-44) at Chicago (52-44)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 27, 2004
  • TV: FSNO, WCIU
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The Chicago White Sox traded for Freddy Garcia for games like this.

The White Sox will look for yet another return on their investment when they continue their series with the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

Garcia has won four of his five starts with the White Sox since coming over from Seattle in a June 28 trade that sent Miguel Olivo and two highly touted minor leaguers to the Mariners. The right-hander has gotten better in every game, pitching seven shutout innings against Cleveland on Thursday in a 3-0 win.

The White Sox can use another strong outing from Garcia because they now find themselves trailing the Twins by 1 1/2 games following Monday’s 6-2 loss. The Twins have won eight of 10.

Right-hander Brad Radke was on his game, retiring his final 16 batters. He did not allow a hit after giving up Paul Konerko’s 27th homer and a single to Timo Perez in the second inning.

“It was like a playoff atmosphere and I think this team likes that,” Radke said.

Henry Blanco, who entered the game in an 8-for-49 slump, hit his sixth homer following Corey Koskie’s triple in the fourth, giving the Twins a 4-1 lead.

Minnesota collected 10 hits in the first four innings against Mark Buehrle, who was 3-0 against the Twins this season and had beaten them six straight times dating to June, 2003. Buehrle entered the game with a 13-4 career record against Minnesota—his most wins against any opponent.

Chicago’s offense will have to find a way to score runs without its top two offensive threats, Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez. Both could miss the rest of the regular season due to leg injuries.

Though he’s missing his sluggers, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says he’s comfortable with the team he has now.

“Right now we don’t have as strong a lineup as we thought we would have without Frank and Magglio, but I think we still have a pretty good offense to win,” Guillen said.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Santana Tor vs. F. Garcia Atl
20-6 Record 13-11
2.61 ERA 3.81
265 K 184
54 BB 64
0.92 WHIP 1.22