When the Chicago White Sox see the Minnesota Twins on the other side of the field chances are they are going to struggle. It doesn't matter the stadium, the roster, or the opposing pitcher the Twins have a psychological hold on the White Sox. For a long time it was that the Sox struggled in the Metrodome. Target field opens and no change. The so called piranha's like Nick Punto would do the Sox in. Punto is gone and no change. Everything the Twins do against the Sox seems to work and there doesn't appear to be any quick fix in sight.
The Twins will go for their tenth straight win over the White Sox Saturday at U.S. Cellular field. Although the Twins have been decimated with injuries all season they still have no problems with the South Siders. After another loss Friday, the Sox are just 6-28 in their last 34 against Minnesota.
Mark Buehrle gets the start for the Sox in what could be considered a must win just for the teams mental state. Buehrle has pitched well of late. Although he hasn't earned a decision in his last three starts the Sox have won all three of those games. On the season Buehrle is 6-5 with an ERA of 3.66. The Sox lefty pitched well against the Twins back in June, but was the tough luck loser in a 1-0 defeat.
The Twins will counter with lefty Brian Duensing. Duensing is coming off a complete game shutout Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins Lefty is 6-7 on the season with an ERA of 4.25. Much like all the Twins pitchers, Duensing has had success in his career against the Sox. The Marysville, KS native is 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA against the White Sox in his ten previous appearances four of which were starts.
The forecast at the time of first pitch is partly cloudy skies with temps in the 80's. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 CST. The game can be seen on Fox.