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Not that long ago John Danks was beginning to wonder if he'd ever rediscover the form that led him to double-digit victories for the Chicago White Sox from 2008-10.

Now that he's turned his season around, the left-hander will try to end his woes against the Minnesota Twins.

Danks looks to win four straight starts for the first time in four years Sunday while denying the Twins their first four-game sweep of the visiting White Sox in 20 years.

Following shoulder surgery in 2012, Danks (6-5, 3.97 ERA) appeared to be on his way toward a second consecutive lost season when he went 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA over a five-start stretch starting in late April.

But after allowing eight runs over 4 2-3 innings at Houston on May 18, Danks upped his bullpen sessions between starts in an effort to correct the mechanical flaws that had been plaguing him. The extra work has seemed to make a difference for the veteran, who is 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA over his last five outings.

Only Chris Archer of Tampa Bay (1.03) and Felix Hernandez of Seattle (1.17) have a better ERA in the AL since May 19.

"It's been a long, frustrating road to get back to here and there's plenty to be worked on," Danks told the team's official website. "But yeah, there were some days where you were having to fight doubt from creeping in. I think I'm beyond that."

Danks, who totaled 40 wins with a 3.61 ERA from 2008-10, seeks his first four-start win streak since July 2010. However, he's 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts versus Minnesota (35-38) and the White Sox are 2-13 in his last 15 outings in the series.

He'll try to end the slide while keeping Chicago from getting swept in a four-game set in Minnesota for the first time since June 1994.

Joe Mauer has seen Danks more than any other hitter, and he's batting .377 in 53 career at-bats. Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier are both 3 for 9 with a home run in their matchups.

Mauer put the Twins ahead with a two-run double in Saturday's 4-3 victory, while Dozier had two hits to help Minnesota match its longest winning streak of the season. Mauer had four hits and four RBIs and Dozier has five hits in the series.

''It gets frustrating when they don't fall, but it's nice to come through in those situations for your team,'' Mauer said.

Chicago (35-40) has dropped 10 of 14 games - including six straight on the road - to fall in the AL Central basement.

Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) looks to keep the White Sox reeling after surrendering two runs over 15 innings in his last two starts. He took a tough loss in his first complete game Tuesday, giving up two runs over eight innings in a 2-1 loss at Boston.

Hughes will try to change his fortunes at Target Field, where he's 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA. He's 5-1 with a 2.06 mark on the road.

The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA in eight career starts versus Chicago, but allowed four runs over five innings at U.S. Cellular Field on April 3. He did not factor in the decision as the Twins rallied late for a 10-9 win.

Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn homered off him, while Tyler Flowers had two hits in as many at-bats.

Adam Eaton tripled in that contest and carries a .419 average over an eight-game hitting streak into this matchup.

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