Minnesota (8-4) at Chicago (8-4)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 76° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Apr 18, 2005
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Scott Podsednik hopes to return to the lineup for the Chicago White Sox when they begin a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins.

Podsednik has missed the last five games with a strained right groin. The left fielder is batting .280 (7-for-25) with a team-high four stolen bases through his seven games with Chicago.

“If he feels fine, he will start. It’s up to him,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “It all depends on how he feels.”

The White Sox decided to add Podsednik and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi in the offseason because of the way the Twins have used speed as a major weapon to capture three straight American League Central Division titles. Iguchi snapped out off a 1-for-17 slump with a 3-for-3 effort in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Seattle.

Chicago missed a chance to record its first three-game sweep of the season as it lost for the first time in six one-run games. The White Sox tried to use their speed to get in position to tie the game, but pinch-runner Willie Harris was caught stealing second for the game’s final out.

Podsednik and Iguchi combined to bat .313 with four runs scored when Chicago won two of three at the Metrodome from April 8-10. White Sox starters compiled a 4.05 ERA in the three games.

Minnesota had its six-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Cleveland. An error by Twins third baseman Michael Cuddyer helped lead to the go-ahead run for the Indians in the eighth inning.

“Every time you miss a play late in the game, it always seems to cost you,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins were still satisfied with capturing their second straight series.

“It was a good win for us, as far as the series goes,” Cuddyer said. “Anytime you win a series, that’s our goal. We try to win as many series as we can.”

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