Twins sweep doubleheader

Brian Sandalow, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO --- Hours after the Chicago White Sox traded Alex Rios to Texas, Oswaldo Arcia hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 win over the White Sox to finish of a sweep of Friday's doubleheader.
Arcia, who also homered in Minnesota's 7-5 Game 1 win, led off the 10th and hit a Dylan Axelrod (4-9) pitch to straight-away center to give the Twins a lead. The Twins homered seven times over the two games, including three in Game 2.
Brian Duensing (6-1) won his second game of the doubleheader, throwing a scoreless inning of relief. Glen Perkins then pitched a scoreless 10th for his 28th save, helping the Twins win their sixth game in eight.
Liam Hendriks was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Game 2 for the Twins, and pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs. Before being optioned to Rochester on April 13, Hendriks made two starts and was 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA.
Charlie Leesman had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte to make his first Major League start with Chicago in Friday's second game. Despite walking five batters, Leesman went five-plus innings and allowed one run while striking out eight.
Blake Tekotte hit his first career home run in the sixth off Hendriks to put Chicago in front 2-1. Before Friday, Tekotte had gone 83 at-bats in parts of three big league seasons without homering.
Avisail Garcia was recalled to replace Rios, and he pinch-hit for Tekotte in the seventh, striking out on three pitches. He was acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team deal for Jake Peavy, and was hit by a Perkins pitch to start the bottom of the 10th. He eventually got to third but was stranded when Alexei Ramirez flew out to right.
Ramirez's homer tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, after Chris Herrmann gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning.
Josh Willingham, who was activated off the disabled list earlier Friday, tied the game in the eighth on his 11th homer of the season off Matt Lindstrom. Gordon Beckham prevented Minnesota from taking the lead when he dove to his left to stop pinch-hitter Joe Mauer's grounder.
Like the second game of the doubleheader, Game 1 was full of homers.
Justin Morneau hit two home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 win in the first game.
With two outs in the seventh and the Twins trailing 3-1, Morneau fouled off three two-strike pitches from Nate Jones before turning on a fastball and sending it into the right-field seats for his seventh career grand slam.
Morneau's homer in the ninth, which put Minnesota in front 7-3, was the Twins' fourth of the game. Chris Colabello had homered in the second off John Danks to give Minnesota an early 1-0 lead, and Arcia hit a home run off David Purcey to expand the Twins' lead to 6-3.
Kyle Gibson pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Duensing pitched a third of an inning for the win for the Twins.
Paul Konerko hit a solo homer and Ramirez hit a two-run home run for Chicago. Danks pitched six-plus innings and gave up three runs and four hits while walking five and striking out nine but hasn't won since beating Baltimore July 2. Donnie Veal walked the only batter he faced in the seventh and took the loss.
NOTES: White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch for Game 1 after originally being slated to bat eighth and play left field because of discomfort in his left thumb. ... The Twins placed C Ryan Doumit on the seven-day concussion disabled list and activated Josh Willingham, who had missed the last 33 games after surgery on his left knee, from the DL. Doumit took a foul tip off his mask Sunday against Houston but didn't say he was suffering from the hit until Wednesday. "I was disappointed that I have to go on the disabled list, but the flip side of it is I understand the seriousness of head injuries and it's better to be safe than sorry, to err on the side of caution," Doumit said. ... The White Sox recalled OF Blake Tekotte from Charlotte to replace OF Casper Wells, who was claimed on waivers Thursday by Philadelphia. ... Minnesota RHP Mike Pelphrey (4-9, 5.23 ERA) will face Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38 ERA) on Saturday.

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