In a game that could be a shootout, James Shields (5-16, 5.86 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (64-70) are in Minnesota to take on Hector Santiago (10-8, 4.93 ERA) and the Twins (50-85). This is the third of a four-game series at Target Field. The White Sox won the last game 11-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on CSCh and FSN.
Santiago pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking four in a 1-0 defeat to the Indians. Brian Dozier (.271, 86 Rs, 33 HRs, 84 RBIs, 11 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Shields went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start. Jose Abreu (.293, 53 Rs, 20 HRs, 79 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 6 yesterday with three RBIs.
The Twins and White Sox both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 16-39 in these matchups and the White Sox have a 21-33 record.
The Twins managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with an 11-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-69. The White Sox have a 10-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Chicago has hit 137 this season. Minnesota ranks 15th with 158 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 381 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 13th with 419.
The Twins are 41-47 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 47-42 when they hit at least one homer.