After getting swept by the Detroit Tigers this weekend, the Chicago White Sox are using a brief homestand against the Minnesota Twins to get their swagger back. The Sox have spent an awful lot of time on the road lately, with the three-game set vs. Minnesota coming as the only relief in the midst of 16 away games to open the second half.
Chicago has been taking full advantage of the warm weather and homer-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field so far. Paul Konerko hadn't hit a home run in the month of July before going deep on Monday and Tuesday against the Twins. Adam Dunn has done the same thing, and now leads the majors with 30 homers on the season.
Dunn's 2012 turnaround has been arguably the biggest factor in the White Sox turning into a surprise contender in the AL Central. A year ago, he hit just 11 homers while batting .157, the lowest mark the league has seen since the Deadball Era. The Sox still have a long way to go this season, but if Dunn keeps smacking homers, the division race with Detroit will likely come down to the wire.