Given how recent homestands have been after a string of terrible losses, the Sox should get back on track tonight and start making some headway in the AL Central. Tonight, Robin is sending out the following guys for that purpose:
Alejandro De Aza CF, Youk 3B, Big Donkey DH, The King 1B, Alex Rios RF, AJ Pierzynski C, The Cuban Tank LF, The Cuban Missile SS, Bacon 2B.
Hector Santiago will make his first MLB start tonight for the Sox. At the beginning of the season, Santiago was the closer for the team. Now he is still in the bullpen but given the recent injury to Mr. Consistently Inconsistent as well as Dylan Axelrod not being eligible to return to the club until tomorrow, Hector gets the nod tonight.
On the season, Hector is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA with four saves. He has thrown a career high 4.1 innings of relief last year. At Charlotte this year, he went 1-0 with a 000 ERA in three starts. In three games against the Twins, Hector has a 1.80 ERA
Ron Gardenhire will send the following guys out tonight to get in on the spoiler fun:
Ben Revere CF, Darin Mastroianni LF, Dandruff Boy C, Josh Willingham DH, Justin Morneau 1B, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Chris Parmelee RF, Jamey Carroll 2B, Pedro Florimon SS.
Samuel Deduno will start for the Twins tonight. On the season, he is 5-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 starts. His last start was a win over the Mariners where he went seven innings. Samuel has not faced the Sox yet in his career.
*Notes: The White Sox have outscored the Twins 74-50 this season. A win tonight would secure a series win over the Twins for just the second time in the past 12 years. Trevor Plouffe is the first Twins player to have a 20+ home run season in his rookie year or year after his rookie season since Marty Cordova did it in 1995