Andrew Albers (0-0, 6.97 ERA) and Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 8.76 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (51-85) and the Chicago White Sox (64-71) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 11-3, and Minnesota leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on WGN and FSN.
Albers pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking three in a 5-4 defeat to the Indians. Brian Dozier (.273, 88 Rs, 34 HRs, 85 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, one RBI, and two stolen bases. Ranaudo went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-4 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start.
The Twins and White Sox both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 17-39 in these matchups and the White Sox have a 21-34 record.
The Twins are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The White Sox have a 0-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-69. The White Sox have a 10-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 139 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half with 162.
Ranking 21st, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 385 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 425.
The Twins are 42-47 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 47-43 when they hit at least one homer.