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Game 151: White Sox at Twins

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No, T.C., the magic number is not one yet.
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

First Pitch: 6:40p Central
Television: FOX Sports North; (subscription)
Radio (English): WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network
Radio (Spanish):
Know Thine Enemy: South Side Sox

Some of you may know that I have a thing for retro/throwback/alternate jerseys. I feel like I’ve built up a decent collection so far and have a wish list of more. Although I don’t plan on getting any unis of the American League Central teams, I do have to admit I have one on my wish list, and it’s deep down on my wish list because, well, Chicago White Sox. I would buy it, but I certainly would not wear it often, if at all. That is all.

Lucas Giolito was the probable starter tonight for the Pale Hose, but after the Minnesota Twins won last evening, the White Sox announced that Giolito is shut down for the season with a mild latissimus dorsi muscle strain. Lucky for Minnesota, bad news for Chicago. In his place, lefty Ross Detwiler will get the call. In 15 games this season - including nine starts - he’s posted a 6.79 ERA over 54.1 innings. He’s allowing 11.4 H/9 and is cracking the WHIP scale at 1.675, and 21.1% of fly balls he allows end up over the fence. (Calling all Bomba Squad members...) His last game was a start against the Cleveland team on September 2, when he went 2.2 IP, allowing four earned runs on four hits and six walks. He’ll throw a low-90s four-seamer and sinker with his secondary pitches including an mid-80s change-up and a high-80s cutter. He also throws a mid-80s slider, but very rarely.

Martin Perez has been called upon to start the game for the Twins. He’s been struggling a bit lately (who else hasn’t?) as his last start was against the Washington Nationals: 5.0 IP, 6 H 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR. Since August, he has a 6.26 ERA in eight starts, allowing nine homers and striking out 28 batters against 18 walks. His start at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox was the “bomb-dot-com” as they say, where he went six innings of two-hit, one-earned-run baseball. Let’s hope that Perez shows up tonight!

Today's Lineups

Leury Garcia - RF Mitch Garver - C
Tim Anderson - SS Jorge Polanco - SS
Jose Abreu - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Eloy Jimenez - LF Eddie Rosario - RF
Yoan Moncada - 3B Miguel Sano - 3B
James McCann - C Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Yolmer Sanchez - 2B Luis Arraez - LF
Zack Collins - DH Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Adam Engel - CF Ryan LaMarre - CF