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Game CXXVII: Twins @ White Sox

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Your Minnesota Twins (65-61) try to win the series finale vs the Chicago White Sox (49-76) which is tied at two games apiece.

"I've seen things that can't be unseen."
"I've seen things that can't be unseen."
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 7:10 PM CT
TV: FSN
Radio: GO 96.3, TIBN
Know Your Enemy: South Side Sox
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 66°F

Where: Spinning Ghost of Comiskey Park

The Twins are still hanging on to a Wild Card spot by half a game after the Angels lost last night too. The bad news is the Royals have won their last three and are breathing down our necks a mere half game back as well. And don't forget our old pals the Mariners which are also within a game of the Twins. Things are so much better when the Twins just win.

Slinging for the South Siders will be southpaw Derek Holland (LHP, 6-13, 6.28 ERA). In "Dutch's" last two starts he couldn't get through the 3rd inning and gave up a combined 14 earned runs. Last time the Twins faced him was in game 1 on Monday, when he came in after a 19 minute rain delay in the 8th and gave up a 3-run homer to Jorge Polanco.

Holland is 30 years old but like Kevin Slowey or Scott Baker, looks like he couldn't grow convincing facial hair no matter how hard he tries, as if stuck in some perpetual "awkward phase." He reminds me of Jon Heder, who was in "Napoleon Dynamite" and "The Benchwarmers." I've tried twice to watch "The Benchwarmers," but the first time I fell asleep and when I woke up someone with agoraphobia in the movie was trying to go outside, I decided sleeping was better. The second time some kid was farting in some other kids face, I'm sure it was a key part of the plot, but I watched something else instead. My loss.

Jose Berrios (RHP, 11-5, 3.99 ERA) will hurl horsehide for the Twins. After a couple of bumpy starts, La MaKina returned to form last weekend throwing seven shut out innings, giving up only two hits and a walk against the D-Backs.

Song ^video of the Day

There are plenty of good bands from Chicago, but this showed up in my YouTube "recommended" videos and I couldn't resist. Those of you who don't skip past the boring "words" parts of my threads (and I appreciate both of you) might remember Angela the Packers fan who was upset that Bath & Body Works manager "Jen" didn't have the "Winter Candy Apple" candles she wanted to exchange some "Peach Bellini" candles for, even though she called ahead, so she ranted against them in her video. If you haven't seen it, watch that video first, it will make this re-enactimagine-ment even more enjoyable.

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Doz - 2B Leury Garcia - RF
"Hip, Hip" Jorge Polanco - SS Yoan Moncada - 2B
Byron "Teddy" Buxton - CF Jose Abreu - 1B
Eduardo "Scooby" Escobar - DH Nicky Delmonico - LF
Mitch "Boston" Garver - 1B Kevan Smith - DH
"Lucky" Eddie Rosario - RF Yolmer "Fudd" Sanchez - 3B
Chris "Slippin' Hands" Gimenez - C Tim Anderson - SS
Ehire "Yo!" Adrianza - 3B Omar Narvaez - C
Zack Granite "Private Eye" - LF Adam Engel - CF
Orlandito - RHP Dutch - LHP