Minnesota (88-63) at Chicago (75-75)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 22, 2004
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The playoff-bound Minnesota Twins will turn their focus to gaining home-field advantage in the postseason as they complete their season series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

After clinching their third straight American League Central title with an 8-2 victory Monday, the Twins blew a two-run lead in Tuesday’s 8-6 loss to Chicago.

Regular starters Torii Hunter, Shannon Stewart and Cristian Guzman got the day off, but rookies Michael Restovich, Jason Kubel and Jason Bartlett combined to go 5-for-12 with two homers and five RBIs for Minnesota.

The Twins had won 11 of 13.

At 88-63, the Twins are percentage points ahead of the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics (88-63) for the league’s second-best record behind the New York Yankees (95-56).

”(Home field advantage) is something you shoot for. We would love to do that,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The more games we play at home in front of our fans, the better off we would be. But I’m not going to kill someone to do it.”

The White Sox, who last won the Central in 2000, snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Twins.

Juan Uribe hit his first career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning, lifting the White Sox to their third victory in the last four games after losing five in a row.

Uribe raised his career high homer total to 20. His previous high was 10 with Colorado last season.

“I’m happy the White Sox gave me a chance,” said Uribe, who was traded to Chicago in the offseason.

Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox, joining Albert Belle and Frank Thomas as the only White Sox players to hit 40 or more home runs in a season.

Konerko is riding an 11-game hitting streak, batting .354 (17-for-48) with five homers and 13 RBIs.

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