Series: Game 3 of 3

Minnesota won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 9
in 11
Chi White Sox3
Game 2: Saturday, April 10
Chi White Sox1
Game 3: Sunday, April 11
Chi White Sox5

Twins 4

(5-2, 5-2 away)

White Sox 5

(2-4, 2-4 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 11, 2010

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    123456789 R H E
    MIN 202000000 4 10 1
    CHW 20010101 - 5 9 0

    W: M. Buehrle (2-0)

    L: N. Blackburn (1-1)

    S: B. Jenks (1)

    Twins-White Sox Preview


    Mark Buehrle provided possibly the highlight of the season Monday. There have been very few good ones for the Chicago White Sox since then.

    The team's only winning pitcher looks to help the White Sox avoid a fifth consecutive loss and their worst start in 15 years Sunday as Buehrle tries to cool off the visiting Minnesota Twins.

    Chicago's season got off to a rousing start, with Buehrle allowing three singles in seven innings of a 6-0 victory over Cleveland. The play of the game was Buehrle -- a 2009 Gold Glove winner -- deflecting a grounder off his foot, grabbing the ball with his glove in foul territory and flipping it between his legs to first base for the out.

    "I take pride in fielding my position as good as I can," Buehrle said.

    Now he'll be counted on to get the White Sox (1-4) out of their funk. A loss Sunday would give the franchise its worst start since opening 1-7 in 1995. During their four-game losing streak, they've been held to 10 runs while batting .180 -- 4 for 28 with runners in scoring position.

    "I think a lot of guys are pressing, a lot of guys are trying to do too much," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think I saw a couple of guys try to hit the ball out of the ballpark when they should be pleased and happy with a base hit. I think everybody wants to be a hero."

    Minnesota (5-1) is batting .238, but Jason Kubel hit the team's 10th homer Saturday in a 2-1 win. Winners of five straight, the Twins will match their longest win streak from last season with a victory Sunday, as well as post their best record through seven games since 1968.

    "We've got some guys who can put it in the seats," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We try to run around a little bit, but it's pretty easy when you hit it in the seats and you get to jog around."

    Buehrle (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has served up 231 homers the last nine-plus seasons, third-most in the majors.

    He beat the Twins the first two times he faced them last year, but was 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his final four starts against them. He's 23-16 with a 4.09 ERA lifetime against Minnesota.

    The left-hander has done well against Minnesota's lefty-hitting stars, holding Justin Morneau to a .196 average and Joe Mauer to .229. Denard Span is 10 for 20 with two homers against Buehrle, but he's batting .125 in 2010.

    No batter has faced Buehrle more than Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who is 26 for 83 (.313) against him. Cuddyer is 4 for 6 versus lefties this season.

    Minnesota counters with Nick Blackburn (1-0, 4.05).

    He carried his success from late last season into this year, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Including that effort, he's 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last five regular-season starts.

    The right-hander has won his last four starts against the White Sox, going seven innings each time and allowing a total of five runs. He hasn't surrendered a run in his last 14 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Alexei Ramirez is 8 for 19 (.421) against Blackburn. A .283 hitter with 36 homers and 145 RBIs in two big-league seasons entering 2010, Ramirez is 3 for 19 without an RBI.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1W2
    Last 102-88-2

    Pitching Matchup

    N. Blackburn
    10-12, 5.42 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/3 vs TOR
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Buehrle
    13-13, 4.28 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at CHW
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. D. Span, CF J. Pierre, LF
    2. O. Hudson, 2B G. Beckham, 2B
    3. J. Mauer, C C. Quentin, RF
    4. J. Morneau, 1B P. Konerko, 1B
    5. M. Cuddyer, RF M. Kotsay, DH
    6. D. Young, LF A. Rios, CF
    7. J. Hardy, SS A. Pierzynski, C
    8. B. Harris, DH A. Ramirez, SS
    9. N. Punto, 3B M. Teahen, 3B