CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by A.J. Pierzynski #12 after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins on July 23, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. White Sox: South Siders Grab Series Opener

The White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Final Score: Chicago Completes Sweep With 8-2 Win

The Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon with a 8-2 victory behind a powerful performance from Dayan Viciedo. With Jake Peavy also pitching well in the victory, the White Sox are now a half-game ahead of the Tigers in the standings entering tonight's games.

The Twins initially took a 1-0 lead over the White Sox after the first inning, but Chicago's offense came alive to score two runs apiece over four consecutive innings to ultimately take an 8-2 lead through five innings. The bullpen finished things off with three straight shutout innings, although the Twins loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning.

Viciedo powered the White Sox offense on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Alex Rios also finished off a very solid series, going 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

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Twins Vs. White Sox: Kevin Youkilis Leaves Game With Ankle Sprain

Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins with a mild sprain to his left ankle. He turned his ankle while running the bases in the first inning, but battled through the injury before ultimately leaving the game in the fourth inning.

At this point, Youkilis is considered day-to-day given that the injury isn't particularly serious. He was able to stay in the game for a few innings before the pain became too much, at which point Eduardo Escobar came out to pinch hit in the fourth frame.

Over 108 plate appearances with Chicago this year, the 33-year-old has hit .272/.370/.478 with five homers.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Final: Paul Konerko And Adam Dunn Homer Again In Chicago Victory

After getting swept in Detroit this weekend, it seems like the Chicago White Sox are back to playing winning baseball. The Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 11-4 at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday thanks to home runs from Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez. Konerko and Dunn each went deep in the Sox's victory over the Twins on Monday, as well.

The win moves Chicago to 52-45, while Minnesota falls to 40-57. After Minnesota took a 4-2 lead by scoring three runs in the sixth inning, Chicago answered by scoring four in the seventh and five in the eighth to secure the win. Paul Konerko seems officially back from a month-long slump, finishing the night 4-for-4 with his 16 homer of the year. Adam Dunn was even better, finishing 3-for-5 with four RBI, three runs and his league-leading 30th homer of the season.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Lineups: Tyler Flowers Replaces A.J. Pierzynski At Catcher

A.J. Pierzynski is out Tuesday and considered day-to-day with a right oblique strain, so back Tyler Flowers is in the lineup. The full lineups are listed below.

Chicago:

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B
3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
7. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B

Related: Adam Dunn Grabs MLB Home Run Lead With No. 29 Against Twins On Monday

Minnesota:

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Darin Mastroianni (R) RF
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Justin Morneau (L) DH
6. Ryan Doumit (S) C
7. Brian Dozier (R) SS
8. Alexi Casilla (S) 2B
9. Jamey Carroll (R) 3B

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Gavin Floyd Trade Rumors: White Sox 'Eager' To Trade RHP, According To Report

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the White Sox are "eager" to deal Gavin Floyd. The two writers speculate that Floyd could be traded to help build a package of prospects that Chicago could then send to Milwaukee for Zack Greinke.

The White Sox want to add another starting pitcher and Greinke is high on their wish list, according to major league sources.

The question is how Williams, with a thin farm system, could muster a package to acquire Greinke. And the answer might be by trading right-hander Gavin Floyd for prospects the Sox then could add to a deal for Greinke, who is a potential free agent.

The upgrade from Floyd to Greinke over 10 to 12 starts might not be terribly significant, but Greinke potentially is much more of a difference-maker, particularly if the White Sox reach the postseason.

What’s more, the Sox are eager to move Floyd, sources say.

(Via MLB Trade Rumors.)

Related: Adam Dunn Grabs MLB Home Run Lead With No. 29 Against Twins On Monday

As is usually the case, White Sox GM Ken Williams is one to watch as the trade deadline approaches.

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A.J. Pierzynski Injury: White Sox Catcher Out Tuesday With Strained Oblique

Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will miss Tuesday's game against the Twins because of a right oblique strain. Pierzynski is considered day-to-day, according to the team.

Related: Terrerobytes: All about Paul Konerko

Pierzynski, who is in the midst of the most productive season in his career, is hitting .287/.339/.509 with 11 doubles, 16 home runs and 50 RBI. In 15 major league seasons, the durable Pierzynski has been placed on the disabled list just once (Aug. 2011).

Tyler Flowers will start at catcher and bat eighth on Tuesday night.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Preview: Jose Quintana Starts On Tuesday

On Monday night, the Chicago White Sox broke a five-game losing streak by knocking off the Minnesota Twins, 7-4, in the opener of their three-game series. In game two, 23-year-old lefty Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.30 ERA) takes the mound for the Sox, opposite Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.95 ERA). Quintana has been stellar during the month of July, recording a 2.57 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 21.0 innings, so hopefully he can keep it up against the Twins. The biggest question is whether Adam Dunn an Paul Konerko have slipped out of their respective hitting funks, so that will be the biggest thing to watch over the next few days.

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game Date & Time: Tuesday July 24, 7:10 p.m. CT

TV: WCIU

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Twins Vs. White Sox Final Score: Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios Go Deep In Chicago Victory

The Chicago White Sox put an end to a five-game winning streak by defeating the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd earned the win in his first start since coming off the disabled list, allowing six hits and two earned runs over six innings while striking out one and walking six.Floyd improves to 8-8 with the victory. The South Siders are now 51-45 on the season, one game behind the Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Central. Minnesota falls to 40-56.

Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios each hit home runs for the White Sox. Konerko's three-run homer was his first of the month and got scoring started in the first inning. Dunn and Rios clubbed homers in the third inning, which gave Floyd all the support he needed.

Alejandro De Aza and Konerko each finished with three hits for the White Sox.

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Detroit Tigers Acquire Anibal Sanchez And Omar Infante In Trade With Miami Marlins

The Detroit Tigers, who are the White Sox's biggest competition for the AL Central crown, acquired RHP Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante in a deal with the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon.

With the Marlins slipping further behind in the National League East, the team agreed to trade second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers in a package that includes right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner.

No official announcement has been made, but the deal was agreed upon shortly before the Marlins, who are 11 1/2 games back in the NL East, opened a three-game series with the Braves.

Related: Detroit Tigers Trade For Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez From Miami Marlins

Sanchez is 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA and Infante is hitting.287/.312/.442.

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Ichiro Trade: Chicago White Sox Showed Interest In Outfielder

According to CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes, the White Sox asked the Mariners about Ichiro Suzuki and were told that the veteran outfielder was not available. Ichiro was traded to the New York Yankees on Monday.

Related: Twins Vs. White Sox Lineups: Gavin Floyd Returns To Chicago's Rotation

Suzuki is hitting just .261/.288/.353 in 2012, and it is unclear what sort of role he would have filled for the White Sox, whose starting outfielders have been more productive (in terms of OPS) than Ichiro this season.

The White Sox open a series against the Twins on Monday night.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Lineups: Gavin Floyd Returns To Chicago's Rotation

The White Sox open their series against Minnesota with their usual lineup. Gavin Floyd has returned from a disabled list stint and will start. Francisco Liriano will be on the mound for the Twins. The full lineups for Monday's game are below.

Chicago:

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

Related: The anatomy of a 3-7 road trip

Minnesota:

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Ben Revere (L) RF
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Ryan Doumit (S) DH
6. Brian Dozier (R) SS
7. Alexi Casilla (S) 2B
8. Drew Butera (R) C
9. Jamey Carroll (R) 3B

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Gavin Floyd Injury: White Sox Pitcher Activated From DL, To Start Monday

The Chicago White Sox activated SP Gavin Floyd from the DL on Monday, slotting him directly into the rotation to square off against SP Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins.

Floyd spent only a week on the DL with his right elbow tendinitis (as the 15-Day DL stint began retroactively), but he will be making his first start since July 7, when he threw 7 and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball against the Toronto Blue Jays. the 29-year-old Floyd has made 17 starts in the 2012 season, and owns a 4.54 ERA and 4.61 FIP through 103 innings.

The White Sox are still without the services of SP John Danks, but the recent addition of RP/SP Brett Myers should give them greater flexibility through the remainder of the season.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, head over to White Sox blog South Side Sox and Twins blog Twinkie Town. For more from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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Twins Vs. White Sox Preview: Chicago Returns Home After Difficult Road Trip

The White Sox look to turn things around on Monday.

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