Jun 27, 2012 at 8:56 am
MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) – One day after getting shut down by Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd for seven innings, the task is no easier for the Minnesota Twins Wednesday at 12:10.
On perhaps the hottest day of the year so far, the Twins will face the hottest pitcher in the American League in the first half. Left-hander Chris Sale leads the junior circuit with a 2.24 ERA into play Wednesday and has racked up eight wins and lost just two times.
The Twins do however enter the game looking to win a second straight series and pursue an outside shot at returning to relevancy in the AL Central. A win over the front-running White Sox would pull the Twins back within 7.5 games of first place, the closest Minnesota has been since April.
Nick Blackburn, winner in his last start, and a nine time winner against Chicago in his career, will make the start for the Twins. Blackburn is 4-4 on the year with a 7.45 ERA.