White Sox Game Notes For Thursday @ Minnesota
* Chicago lost, 2-1, to Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday, and finished up its six-game homestand with a mark of 3-3. The White Sox have won six of their last 10 road contests (dating to June 27).
* Minnesota beat Cleveland, 3-2, Wednesday at Target Field, taking two of three from the Indians, and winning its first home series since sweeping four from the White Sox, June 19-22. The Twins are just 2-14 at home when scoring three or fewer runs in 2014.
* The Twins have defeated the White Sox five straight times, with four of those victories coming by a single run. Dating to June 18, 2013, Minnesota is 8-3 in its last 11 home games against Chicago.
* Hector Noesi won his last outing vs. the Astros (July 19), going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs (all earned) in the victory. Noesi is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts vs. the Twins.
* Phil Hughes went 7.0 innings and allowed five runs (all earned) vs. the Rays last Saturday, taking the loss and dropping to 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA in his last five starts overall (8-3, 3.40 ERA in first 15 starts of 2014). Hughes is 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in nine career starts vs. the White Sox.
* Jose Abreu is batting .345 (10-for-29) with a home run and nine RBI against the Twins this year. In fact, Abreu has at least one hit in all seven games vs. Minnesota in 2014 – the longest hitting streak by any White Sox player to begin his career vs. any opponent since Gordon Beckham began his career with an 11-game hitting streak against the Twins in 2009.