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Twins 6, White Sox 0: Home makes no difference

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Sox drop to 0-4 following another flat effort, this one in front of fans who wanted something different

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On one hand, the fourth game of the season is too early to call a game a "fan-murderer."

On the other, when, in front of the biggest home crowd they'll see all year, a team with this much hype gets waxed by a team that had scored one run all season, one can make a case for the label.

Murmurs turned into groans, which turned into boos, which turned into early exits during what was supposed to be a marquee event. That's fan-murdery, but really, the biggest victims might be the members of the sales and marketing staffs. They haven't been allowed to have nice things for the last two-plus years.

As for this game, the Sox didn't do much right, and most of what they did right they immediately undid.

Take Micah Johnson. He dropped down a beautiful bunt single, advanced to second on a groundout ... and then was picked off with one out and Jose Abreu on deck.

Or Adam Eaton. He slashed a double down the left-field line in the ninth inning, took third on a groundout ... only to be thrown out at the plate on a shallow flyball by Jose Abreu to end the game (he wrestled the ball out of Kurt Suzuki's mitt in vain to put a run on the board, but home plate umpire James Hoye wasn't having it).

And then there was Alexei Ramirez. In a beautiful tribute to Minnie Minoso, he wore a No. 9 jersey with his fellow Cuban's name on the back. Then he went 0-for-3 with a ninth-inning error that helped three runs cross the plate.

But hey, at least those guys did something right in the first place. Not many other White Sox could say the same. Twins starter Tommy Milone held the Sox to two hits and two walks over 7⅔ innings, retiring 16 in a row at one point.  He handily outpitched Hector Noesi, who threw 110 pitches and couldn't even complete five innings. He allowed four hits on top of six walks over 4⅔ innings. Yet Noesi somehow limited the damage to two runs, making him the most effective Sox starter to date by some measures.

Even Robin Ventura had another weird game. He called for three more intentional walks, including two of Oswaldo Arcia, and one of Kurt Suzuki. Yet when Johnson came to the plate with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth inning, he batted for himself. That's the situation that Emilio Bonifacio exists for, pretty much.

Only Avisail Garcia gave Sox fans something to cheer about, as he made a great throw to cut down Arcia at second base in the seventh inning, which lessened the jam Dan Jennings faced. Jennings was the only Sox pitcher out of four to escape unscathed, but Garcia had a big hand in that.

Record: 0-4 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights