Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rodon, White Sox aim to extend Twins' woes

Robin Ventura was fully aware of the Twins' struggles coming into this three-game set at Target Field, marking Minnesota's first three home games of the 2016 season.
But the White Sox manager wasn't placing much focus on factors outside of his team.
"We've had our problems here in the last couple of years," Ventura said. "This is a good team. We were there last year.
"You know they're going to win their first one at some point. You focus on what you're doing. This is a good, young team, and no matter what their record is, they can make you have a miserable day."
The White Sox had lost nine of their previous 11 games at Target Field, prior to Monday's 4-1 victory, so Ventura knows of what he speaks. He hopes to continue Minnesota's woes during Wednesday night's contest following a scheduled day off on Tuesday.
Carlos Rodon gets the call for the South Siders on Wednesday, after his start was moved back a few days due to Sunday's rainout in Chicago and Tuesday's off-day. Rodon gave up single runs in each of the first two innings during his first start against the A's. And while he ended up with the loss in the 2-1 final, Rodon didn't give up a run over the next five innings. He fanned six and walked one.
Phil Hughes, who also enters with an 0-1 record, gets the start for the 0-7 Twins. Hughes was solid his last time out against the Orioles and exited with a lead, but reliever Trevor May allowed two inherited runners to score, sticking Hughes with the hard-luck loss.
Things to know about this game
• Ventura is leaning toward keeping Chris Sale on his regularly scheduled turn Friday night against the Rays in St. Petersburg and moving John Danks to Saturday. That move was made possible by Sunday's rainout.
• No team has lost seven straight games to open a season and made the playoffs. Three teams had previously gone 0-6 and then made the postseason: the 1974 Pirates, the 1995 Reds and the 2011 Rays.

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