Coming into Monday's start, John Danks owned a ERA of 5.67 against the Twins in 28 career starts. He's been especially horrid at Target Field with an ERA of 7.92. With runs being hard to come by for the Twins during this month, it was exactly what the doctor ordered as Minnesota exploded for 13 runs on 15 hits in the 13-2 route over the disappointing White Sox.
Byron Buxton was moved to the lead off spot, after battling last in the order through his first week in the big leagues. After collecting just three hits through his first 25 at bats and looking mostly over-matched in his limited time, it looked to be a bit of a head scratcher. But Molitor (and the world) wants the kid to succeed and most importantly be comfortable in the big leagues. Batting leading off is what he has done throughout his entire career. Well it must have done something, because Buxton had his best game to date. The young phenom scored three runs, going 3-for-5 and showed off his cannon in the outfield throwing out Melky Cabrera for the final out in the third inning.
The Twins trailed 2-1 entering the fourth but Joe Mauer blasted one to the opposite field to tie things up. Mauer tied his home run total from 2014 with his fourth of the season. It was in the fourth and sixth innings that the Twins offense did most of their damage putting up a five spot in each. Eduardo Nunez (who batted ninth) hit an upper-deck blast putting the Twins were up 6-2. Kennys Vargas rewarded him with a MAMMOTH three-run home run that got out in a hurry and Torii Hunter followed that with a two-run double making it 11-2. Brian Dozier added to party with a home run of his own in the eighth. All in all the Twins hit four dingers tonight, the first time they have done that all season.
Tommy Milone received the win despite his fair share of hits and escaped a few jams pitching six innings, surrendering ten hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Blaine Boyer, J.R. Graham finished it as the Twins defeated the Sox yet again in 2015.