White Sox Vs. Twins: Offense Comes Alive In 12-5 Rout

The White Sox offense came alive on Wednesday with the club's first 20-hit game since August 2011.

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Chicago White Sox To Designate Will Ohman For Assignment

The Chicago White Sox will designate left-handed reliever Will Ohman for assignment on Thursday, as Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Ohman pitched the final two innings of Chicago's 12-5 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday, but he was seen saying good-bye to teammates following the game.

Like many of Ohman's outings in 2012, he struggled against Minnesota on Wednesday, allowing three runs over two innings to push his season ERA up to 6.41. His peripheral statistics aren't much stronger, as he's struggled badly with missing bats and allowing home runs.

The 34-year-old pitched much better for Chicago last season, posting a 4.22 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 17 walks over 53.1 innings of work. In 24.2 innings this year, he's struck out 12, walked four and allowed five homers.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Final Score: Chicago Rides First 20-Hit Game Of 2012 To 12-5 Victory

The Chicago White Sox have scored the fifth-most runs in the American League this season, but the offense has rarely looked as good as it did on Wednesday afternoon. Riding their highest hit total of the season thus far, the White Sox added some padding in the standings with a 12-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

In their first 20-hit game since Aug. 18, 2011, against Cleveland, the White Sox looked essentially unbeatable on offense. All ten players that received at least one plate appearance in the game, including pinch hitter Tyler Flowers, knocked at least one hit.

Adam Dunn broke out of a 0-for-24 slump in a big way, going 3-for-5 with one homer and four RBI. The White Sox also got three hits apiece from Kevin Youkilis, Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios, who Chicago's only other homer of the day. Youkilis is now 5-for-12 as part of the Pale Hose.

The White Sox didn't necessarily need it, but they got another good outing from Chris Sale. The lefty pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. Will Ohman had some issues in relief of Sale, but he had more than enough breathing room to finish off the victory.

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Chicago White Sox Lineup: Paul Konerko Gets Rest On Wednesday Afternoon

Paul Konerko has been slumping as of late, with only two hits in his last 22 at-bats. With that likely in mind, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has given Konerko the day off vs. the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Ventura has decided to slide new acquisition Kevin Youkilis over to first base today, with utility infielder Eduardo Escobar manning the hot corner. That also allows Adam Dunn to enjoy shade in the dugout as DH.

Here's today's lineup for the White Sox, with Chicago facing Nick Blackburn:

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. Adam Dunn, DH
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Jordan Danks, LF
  9. Orlando Hudson, 2B

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over toWhite Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Yasel Puig Update: Cuban Prospect Officially Free Agent

Cuban prospect Yasel Puig was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball by establishing temporary residency in Mexico, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Sanchez also reports that Puig, who can begin negotiating with MLB clubs, could have an agreement as early as Friday, although a deal can't officially be signed until Puig is unblocked by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Time is of the essence for Puig, who will be rushing to put his name on a dotted line before July 2. Prior to that date, Puig can sign for an unlimited amount of money, and it's being reported that he's seeking a deal in the $30 million range like recent fellow Cuban free agents Yeonis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. But after July 2, the new CBA guidelines kick in, and Puig could not receive more than $2.9 million without his new team incurring a penalty.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago, and for more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. For the latest on trade rumors and transactions, visit MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Preview: South Siders Send Out Chris Sale In Rubber Match

The Chicago White Sox won their first game of the Kevin Youkilis era on Tuesday night when the South Siders defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 at Target Field behind a brilliant pitching performance from right-hander Gavin Floyd. In Wednesday, the Sox will send emerging ace Chris Sale to the mound in the series rubber against Twins starter Nick Blackburn.

Related: Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox As The South Side Rejoices

Sale, Chicago's 6-foot-6 lefty, is 8-2 with a 2.24 ERA and 0.96 WHIP thus far. The 23-year old threw eight scoreless innings, surrendering only four hits, against the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start.

Blackburn enters at 4-4 with a 7.45 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. So yeah: the Sox should have the upper hand in this matchup. Chicago will be looking to win its second straight series. The White Sox are currently in first place in the AL Central, holding a 1.5 game over the Cleveland Indians and a three game lead over the Detroit Tigers.

Game 3 Date & Time: Wednesday, June 27, 12:10 p.m. CT

TV: WGN

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Final Score: South Siders Hold On For 3-2 Victory

The Minnesota Twins scored their only two runs of the game in the ninth inning and had the game-tying run in scoring position, but young closer Addison Reed was able to nail down the final out and give the Chicago White Sox a much needed 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Related: Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox As The South Side Rejoices

The most encouraging news of all is that for the second straight outing, starter Gavin Floyd looked fantastic. Floyd allowed five hits and no earned runs over seven innings while striking out nine and walking none. He improves to 6-7 with the win.

Though the Sox's offense only managed five hits, they made them count. Alex Rios' towering two-run homer in the fourth inning, his ninth of the year, got the scoring started. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Nestor Molina Injury: White Sox Prospect Placed On 7-Day DL

Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Nestor Molina underwent a precautionary MRI procedure and isn't expected to miss more than a couple of starts, according to the team. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list Monday.

Molina, who is 4-7 with a 4.61 ERA in 14 games at Double-A Birmingham, was placed Monday on the 7-day disabled list. The MRI was taken only as a precautionary measure.

Related: Kevin Youkilis can only change so much

The 23-year-old Molina was acquired in the trade with Toronto for reliever Sergio Santos.He has made 14 starts at double-A and has struck out 59 and walked 19 in 84 innings of work. He also had a very brief stint in triple-A.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Lineups: Chicago Aims To Keep Hendriks Winless

The Chicago White Sox (38-35), holding on to a tenuous 0.5 game lead in the AL Central division, will square up against RHP Liam Hendriks and the last-place Minnesota Twins (30-42).

Hendriks is still searching for his first major league win, and understandably so. The 23-year-old rookie has a 7.39 ERA and 6.77 FIP through his 6 starts in the 2012 season. He has struggled primarily with the home run ball, despite showing otherwise strong command and walking very few batters.

Aiming to take advantage of Hendriks' struggles will be the potent White Sox lineup, which again features newly-acquired 3B Kevin Youkilis batting second:

UPDATE: A.J. Pierzynski has been replaced in the lineup by Tyler Flowers.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Preview: Gavin Floyd Look To Build On Strong Last Outing

The Chicago White Sox debut of third baseman Kevin Youkilis was spoiled on Monday when the Minnesota Twins earned a 4-1 victory over the South Siders in the series opener at Target Field. On Tuesday, the Sox send Gavin Floyd to the mound against Minnesota's 23-year old Australian Liam Hendriks.

O'Donnell: Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox As The South Side Rejoices

Floyd has struggled this year, but picked up a victory in his last start vs. the Cubs by throwing 6.1 innings of scoreless ball while only allowing four hits. The 29-year old right-hander enters the start at 5-7 with a 5.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

Hendriks is 0-4 this season with a 7.39 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. This will be the seventh start of the season of the right-hander.

Game 1 Date & Time: Tuesday, June 26, 7:10 p.m. CT

TV: CSN-Chicago

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Final Score: Minnesota Takes Series Opener In Kevin Youkilis' Debut

There was plenty of excitement surrounding the Chicago White Sox debut of new third baseman Kevin Youkilis on Monday night, but the South Siders' offense was hardly improved. The Minnesota Twins handed the Sox a 4-1 loss at Target Field in the series opener of the three-game set. Chicago falls to 38-35 in the loss, while Minnesota drops to 30-42.

Jake Peavy didn't have his best stuff for Chicago, but the veteran righty battled throughout on Monday. Peavy falls to 6-4 after allowing 10 hits and three earned runs while striking out seven for the Sox.

The Twins scored one in the first, two in the second and one in the seventh. The first three hitters in the Minnesota lineup finished with a combined nine hits.

Youkilis went 1-for-4 in his Chicago debut with a single in the eighth inning.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Score Update: Kevin Youkilis 0-3 So Far In Chicago Debut

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis is making his debut for the Chicago White Sox on Monday night vs. the Minnesota Twins, but just like the rest of his new teammates, Youkilis hasn't been able to find any success yet against Twins starter Francisco Liriano. Youkilis is 0-for-3 hitting the two-hole for Chicago as the South Siders trail the Twins 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning at Target Field.

O'Donnell: Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox As The South Side Rejoices

Minnesota jumped out to an early lead when star catcher Joe Mauer hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Denard Span. The Twins scored twice in the second thanks to RBI singles from shortstop Brian Dozier and second baseman Jamey Carroll.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Lineups: Kevin Youkilis Batting In No. 2 Spot For Chicago

Newly-acquired third baseman Kevin Youkilis will be in the White Sox lineup when Chicago takes on the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Youkilis is batting second and Gordon Beckham has been pushed down to ninth in the order. The full lineups for Monday's game are below.

White Sox:

1. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
2. Kevin Youkilis (3B)
3. Adam Dunn (DH)
4. Paul Konerko (1B)
5. Alex Rios (RF)
6. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
7. Dayan Viciedo (LF)
8. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
9. Gordon Beckham (2B)
SP: Jake Peavy

Related: What's changed since the White Sox last played the Minnesota Twins?

Twins:

1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Ben Revere (RF)
3. Joe Mauer (DH)
4. Josh Willingham (LF)
5. Justin Morneau (1B)
6. Trevor Plouffe (3B)
7. Brian Dozier (SS)
8. Drew Butera (C)
9. Jamey Carroll (2B)
SP: Francisco Liriano

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. And for more news and notes from around MLB, visit Baseball Nation.

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White Sox Vs. Twins Preview: South Siders Hit The Road

The White Sox begin a seven-game road trip on Monday.

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