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Gamethread: Twins at White Sox

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The South Siders open a three-game series against the AL Central powerhouse

Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox
Back at it: José Abreu hit a clutch two-run homer in Wednesday’s victory, and he is back in the three spot tonight.
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After a thrilling victory over the Red Sox, the White Sox (37-41) will open a homestand against the Twins (52-28). Minnesota will turn to José Berríos, one of the Twins’ most valuable players. Berríos, 25, enters with a 2.84 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 4.15 xFIP, and 2.2 fWAR. He has pitched against the White Sox once this season, and he allowed four runs (one earned run) in six and two-thirds innings back on May 24. Historically, the White Sox have had trouble solving Berríos. In 10 career starts against him, the White Sox have slashed only .199/.265/.288, and Berríos has a 2.05 ERA in those games.

Meanwhile, this is expected to be a bullpen game for the White Sox, so this matchup does not seem favorable. However, in the past, the White Sox have expected a AAAA pitcher who struggles the second time through the order to last five innings. Tonight’s pitching setup is likely more favorable than that.

Tonight’s starting lineups are as follows:

The White Sox made the following announcement this afternoon:

In a surprise to nobody, Tim Anderson makes a trip to the injured list. Let’s hope his ankle makes a nice recovery. But, if you thought we were done with injury news, you are badly mistaken.

What a horrible day. All I can say is ... yikes.

The White Sox announced that Yonder Alonso was officially designated for assignment after his disappointing performance this season (.178/.275/.301, 56 wRC+, -1.1 fWAR). We wish Alonso the best of luck in the future.

Ross Detwiler, 33, will be joining the major league squad after a solid stint with the Charlotte Knights. He posted a 3.98 ERA in 43 innings with the Knights, though the advanced peripherals were less optimistic (6.21 FIP and 4.75 xFIP). He will make his first start for the White Sox today. In his career, Detwiler has a 4.36 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 4.61 xFIP, and 3.1 fWAR in 584 innings.

Daniel Palka, perhaps the White Sox’s most exciting player of 2018 (albeit on a 62-100 team), got promoted to the major leagues. After a very slow start in the majors this season, Palka recovered in Charlotte, slashing .271/.374/.548 with a 127 wRC+.

In minor league news, Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert will be participating in the Futures Game.

Congratulations to these two players for being selected. Given their performances this season, they deserve it.

This is the first of a three-game series against Minnesota and a nine-game homestand. The White Sox will not be on the road again until after the All-Star break. Tonight’s game will start at 7:10 CST. It will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago, and WGN 720 will have the radio coverage.