The Twins have won the last two division crowns, while the White Sox are in pursuit of their first since 2000. The teams opened the season as co-favorites for the Central.
Minnesota enters with a one-game lead over Chicago in the division. The Twins have taken each of the last three season series between the teams, including a 10-9 edge last season. Only three of those 10 victories, however, came at Chicago.
The Twins are coming off a sweep of Seattle with Thursday’s 1-0 victory. Michael Cuddyer, who started in place of injured third baseman Corey Koskie, doubled in the lone run for Minnesota. Cristian Guzman extended his hitting streak to nine games with a pair of singles.
The White Sox split a doubleheader with Baltimore Thursday, losing the opener 1-0 before salvaging the nightcap with a 6-5 triumph.
Chicago won for just the second time in six games as Paul Konerko broke out of a 2-for-21 slump with a go-ahead three-run homer. He finished with five RBIs.
“When you are going bad and things are going bad or results are bad, all you can hope is that when you do bust out it helps the team. And that was good tonight because it did,” he said.
Konerko finished 2-for-3 after going 0-for-4 in the opener.
“We needed that from him and I think he needed that for himself,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Sometimes he just worries too much.”
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