Minnesota (56-44) at Chicago (52-45)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 32° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 28, 2004
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So far, the Minnesota Twins have aced this big test.

The Twins will try to complete a three-game sweep and increase their lead atop the AL Central to 3 1/2 games when they take on the second-place Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minnesota has put itself in position for the sweep thanks to solid starting pitching.

A day after Brad Radke shut down the short-handed White Sox, Johan Santana did the same, allowing one run and two hits over six innings in the Twins’ 7-3 victory on Tuesday.

“I think coming into this series we knew we were going to have to play some good baseball,” Santana said. “You have to make sure you take care of your own division and we came here to just play the game and have some fun and now we’re in first place.”

Carlos Silva will take the ball Wednesday for the Twins. The 25-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in his career against the White Sox, but is coming off a win over Baltimore in his last outing.

While the Twins are on a roll, the White Sox have dropped three straight. Without injured stars Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas, Chicago’s offense has managed just seven runs during its slide.

The White Sox did hit three homers on Tuesday—two by Carlos Lee—but all were solo shots. And they finished with just four hits.

“We have to move on and play better right now. These are the dog days,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen. “We’re only 2 1/2 out. We’ve been there before and battled back. This team is kind of streaky.”

Following Wednesday’s finale, the White Sox will begin a seven-game road trip that will take them through Detroit and Kansas City.

The Twins will head home for a 10-game homestand against Boston, Anaheim and Oakland.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Silva NYY vs. E. Loaiza CWS
14-8 Record 10-7
4.21 ERA 5.70
76 K 117
35 BB 71
1.43 WHIP 1.57