GameChat – WhiteSox @ Twins #2, 7:10

Someone on the Comcast-Chicago White Sox post game show mentioned that the BitchSox are going for their first doubleheader sweep of the Twins in Minnesota since the 1970s. My first thought was, “wow”… followed quickly by, “wait a minute… the Twins played in a Dome for about 25 of those seasons so of course they didn’t PLAY many (if any) doubleheaders in Minnesota.

I’m not sure why I bothered to write about that, other than the fact that there simply is nothing else about this game that I felt inclined to write about.

The Twins did announce a couple of more roster moves between games, however. OF Joe Benson and 1B Chris Parmalee have had their contracts purchased and will be available Tuesday. Both players were already on the club’s 40-man roster so no room has to be cleared for them.

I believe the Twins will, however, still have to make room for Tuesday’s scheduled starting pitcher, Liam Hendriks, before he takes the mound for his start. I’d guess one of the other dinged up starting pitchers (Baker, Liriano, Duensing) gets moved to the 60-day DL, putting an end to his season.

UPDATE: Matt Tolbert is also being recalled and will join the Twins Tuesday.

Scott Diamond on the hill for the Twins against another crappy White Sox pitcher who will, almost certainly, look like yet another Cy Young contender against the Twins.

WHITE SOX

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TWINS
Pierre, LF Revere, CF
Lillibridge, 1B Plouffe, SS
Konerko, 1B Mauer, DH
Viciedo, RF Valencia, 3B
Ramirez, Al, SS Tosoni, LF
Rios, CF Hughes, L, 1B
Flowers, C Dinkelman, 2B
Morel, 3B Repko, RF
Beckham, 2B Butera, C
  _Stewart, P   _Diamond, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chi White Sox 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Yeah that was predictable. At least Danny V. put an end to the perfect game-no hitter nonsense.

GameChat – White Sox @ Twins, 1:10

First game of today’s Labor Day split double header.

The White Sox have lost four straight, falling 8.5 games behind the Tigers so what we have today are two games between teams that have nothing really to play for except the fact that they just don’t like to lose to one another much.

Brian Dinkelman gets a start at 2B.

WHITE SOX

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TWINS
Pierre, LF Revere, CF
Ramirez, Al, SS Plouffe, SS
Konerko, 1B Mauer, DH
Pierzynski, C Cuddyer, RF
Viciedo, RF Kubel, LF
Dunn, A, DH Valencia, 3B
De Aza, CF Dinkelman, 2B
Vizquel, 3B Hughes, L, 1B
Beckham, 2B Rivera, R, C
  _Humber, P   _Swarzak, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chi White Sox 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1

Quick… without looking… how many runs do you think the Twins scored?

If you guessed “1″, you have been watching too many Twins games this season. You also would be correct.

Anthony Swarzak pitched a terrific 8 innings and Brian Dinkelman contributed three hits. Unfortunately, the rest of the team contributed a total of four off of that perennial Cy Young contender Phil Humber. Then again, everyone looks like a CY contender against the Twins.

The loss was number 82 for the Twins meaning, as if there was any doubt anyway, the Twins have now clinched a losing season.

Back in a couple of hours for the night cap.