The Minnesota Twins will open a three game series on this Labor Day as they travel to Chicago to face the division leading Chicago White Sox. The Twins and Sox are both 25-25 against Central Division opponents.
The Twins and Sox are both on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Twins are having an awful year as they rot at the bottom of the Central Division cellar, while the Sox are tied for first with the Detroit Tigers for first in the division. However, the Sox have struggled as of late as they have dropped six of their last seven games. The Sox are going to need to have a strong series to hold off the streaking Tigers.
The first game will be tonight at 6:10 CT as the Twins send out Samuel Deduno to face Hector Santiago. Deduno is coming off his best start of his Major League career as he threw seven scoreless frames and allowed only two hits against the Seattle Mariners. Santiago is making his first career start tonight. He has pitched five career innings against the Twins allowing only one earned run.
Tomorrow's game will show two young guns as the Twins bring out Scott Diamond, recently off suspension, and Jose Quintana. Diamond has struggled lately as he is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in his last three starts and 0-2 this season against the Sox. Quintana has had a strong season, but has also struggled as he is 0-1 over his last three starts with a 5.51 ERA and is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA against the Twins this year.
In the final game, P.J. Walters will be making his return to the Major League starting rotation as he faces off against Jake Peavy. Walters has been injured for most of the year, but before being injured, he threw a complete game against the Sox. Peavy will be looking for his tenth win as he squares off against the Twins, a team that historically he has pitched well against.
The Twins will be lucky if they win one game. However, they could begin their run at playing spoiler by taking at least two out of three from the division leaders. Let the final month begin, happy Labor Day!
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