CHICAGO, IL - JULY 07: Phillip Humber #41of the Chicago White Sox leaves the game after giving up six runs against the Minnesota Twins on July 7, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Sox Still Can't Win Against Twins, Drop Game 6-2

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Sox Get Down Early And Can't Come Back

With Thursday night’s loss, the White Sox are now 0-5 against the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 season. Since 2009, they are 11-30. It seems that even with the demise of the Metrodome, the Sox still can’t catch a break against the Twins, whether on the road or at home at the Cell.

In his first career start against Minnesota, Humber gave up a season high in runs and hits, good for a final line of six earned runs on eleven hits over 3.2 innings. He walked one and struck out two. The Twins scattered their damage, hitting Humber for three runs across the first two innings, and them adding another three in the fourth inning to chase him from the game. In typical Twins fashion, the RBIs came on well executed and timely hitting, rather than the long ball.

The game really wasn’t close for most of the night as the Sox offense seemed completely impotent against Carl Pavano. They scored their lone two runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Mark Teahan followed a leadoff Alexei Ramirez walk with his third home run of the season. But that would be about it for the South Siders on the night.

Pavano earned the win, with a final line of seven innings pitched, with two earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four.

The Twins and White Sox will play game two of the series on Friday evening at the Cell. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT.


Phil Humber Looks To Open Series Against Twins With A Win

In his last start of the season before the All-Star break, Phil Humber will try to open the White Sox four game series with the Minnesota Twins with a victory for the home team. The Twins have 21 of their last 31 games played, and are starting to take a track similar to the one the resurgent White Sox are on. A series victory sweep of this four game set could go along way toward keeping the Sox in contention in the AL Central race.

Humber, 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, has only pitched in one game against the Twins in his career. That was a 2.2 inning long relief appearance, in which he gave up a single home run, while also walking one and striking one. Fortunately, that home run was to Jason Kubel, who is currently on the DL for the Twins.

Minnesota will start Carl Pavano on Thursday night. Pavano, 4-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, has had some hiccups in his starts lately, giving up three and five runs in his most recent appearances. In his last game against the Sox, Pavano threw a complete game, giving up just one run on six hits while walking three and striking out five.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be partly cloudy with a game time temperature in the upper 70's. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-N.

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