Jake Peavy delivered a masterful performance for the Chicago White Sox his last time out.
He's been plenty sharp against the Minnesota Twins of late, too.
With Peavy looking to build on his latest outing, the White Sox try to continue their recent success against the Twins as these AL Central rivals begin a weather-shortened series Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Peavy (2-1, 3.93 ERA) was lights out Sunday, scattering five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win at Cleveland. The right-hander struck out 11 to match his high from last season.
"He's not just throwing to one side of the plate," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "He'll mix it in on the inside part and backdoor you on the outside so I think he was just sharp today. He seemed to be hitting the glove."
Peavy has also been superb in winning four consecutive starts against the Twins (6-7), compiling a 1.73 ERA and striking out 23 in 26 innings. He's made things extremely difficult on Josh Willingham , who's hitless in 15 career at-bats in their matchups. Justin Morneau has also struggled, going 3 for 16.
As if facing Peavy wasn't daunting enough, Minnesota could be a bit rusty following three days off. The Twins, who saw Sunday's matchup against the Mets get postponed, went on to post back-to-back wins over the Angels before Wednesday's series finale was also called off due to weather.
After a scheduled off day, the opener of this set was postponed Friday due to a forecast of cold and windy weather.
"It's never really good to have that many off days, especially when you bang a game this time - you're going to play a lot of games in a row later," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Somewhere you're going to pay. But you can't fight this weather. It is what it is. But you'll be playing in better weather, which is a good thing. But the pitching gets a little out of whack here."
Given the unusual circumstances, the Twins will turn to Vance Worley (0-2, 10.50). Acquired from Philadelphia this offseason, Worley has been a disappointment thus far, and he was especially bad last Friday in a 16-5 loss to the Mets.
The right-hander surrendered a career-high nine runs before being removed after facing four batters and failing to record an out in the second inning.
"It's frustrating," he said. "Nobody likes to have that happen to them. So I'll have to make some adjustments this week so that I'm ready to go."
The White Sox (7-9) are coming off a four-game split with Toronto. Chris Sale was outpitched by R.A. Dickey in a 3-1 loss Thursday as Chicago finished a 3-7 road trip.
"It's been a long, rough trip," Ventura said, "so we are ready to go home and hopefully turn it around."
The White Sox will be without outfielder Dayan Viciedo , who was placed on the disabled list before the game after suffering a left oblique strain Thursday.
Chicago has won 22 of the last 28 meetings with Minnesota. The White Sox took 14 of 18 last season, including the last four.
They will need to be wary of Joe Mauer , who's gone 16 for 31 with two homers and seven RBIs over the last seven games. Mauer is a career .320 hitter versus Chicago, and his 14 home runs in the series are his most against any opponent.
"When he gets hot, nobody can really stop him," second baseman Brian Dozier said. "He does some pretty neat things with the bat."
|April 16, 2013||Wilkin Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Back contusion|
|April 16, 2013||Darin Mastroianni||15-Day DL||Stress reaction in left ankle|
|March 30, 2013||Cole De Vries||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|March 24, 2013||Tim Wood||15-Day DL||Right rotator cuff strain|
|March 22, 2013||Scott Diamond||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Anthony Swarzak||15-Day DL||Fractured ribs|
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|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|April 10, 2013||Angel Sanchez||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|April 09, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Left game - nerve irritation, left wrist|
|March 22, 2013||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|March 22, 2013||John Danks||15-Day DL||Recovery from left shoulder surgery|
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Twins took advantage of an error to beat the White Sox. Still, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire knows why they were in position to come out on top.
"It starts with your starter," Gardenhire said after a 2-1 victory over Chicago in 10 innings Saturday. "He went deep in the game and got himself out of trouble. . He did a nice job of going out there and settling everything down and he got his last hitters."
Worley bounced back from a poor outing in which he allowed nine runs in an inning in the shortest start of his career. This time he gave up a run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
"I had it figured out," Worley said. "I pitched. It wasn't me trying to overdo anything out there. It was just going after hitters and trusting my mechanics. Thus (it) made pitching a little easier."
Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez 's throwing error.
Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.
"I was aggressive and I missed the fastball l was looking for - twice," Escobar said through a translator. "And then I got a changeup and was lucky enough to put it in play."
Casey Fien (1-1) got one out for the win.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy was also effective. Peavy allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked four in seven innings.
"It was a well-pitched game on both sides - Peavy as advertised. We know he's always tough," Gardenhire said. "He seems to ad-lib and kind of figure things out as he's going along during a game. He can come from so many angles and throw so many pitches. And Worley matched him, did a heck of a job."
Peavy received little help from his offense, which struck out 13 times and had six hits.
"All it's going to take is a few big hits here and there to ease the tension, a few big homers," Peavy said. "We live and die with the home run and we just haven't hit many of them here of late. In the games we have won, we won it with the long ball."
Alejandro De Aza's home run off Worley in the first inning put the White Sox ahead 1-0. The drive to right field was De Aza's fifth career leadoff homer.
"I was frustrated by that," Worley said. "I threw him a changeup the second pitch of the inning and he swung right through it. I said, `All right, why not? I can go back to it.' And he was sitting right on it. It happens."
The Twins tied it 1-all on Josh Willingham 's single off Peavy in the third. Brian Dozier scored after reaching on a single and advancing on a walk.
Tyler Flowers drew a one-out walk in the 10th before De Aza struck out and Jeff Keppinger popped out to end the game.
The teams combined for 22 strikeouts.
"I was able to command both sides of the plate today and everything broke the way I wanted it to and (I got) better results," Worley said.
The White Sox had won 12 of their last 14 against the Twins.
The Twins loaded the bases with three walks against three different pitchers in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez hit a grounder to third, and third baseman Conor Gillaspie threw home to prevent a run from scoring. Dozier popped out in foul territory to end the inning. Matt Lindstrom , Donnie Veal and Nate Jones each allowed a walk in the inning.
The Twins were coming off three straight days off. They were rained out on Wednesday against the Angels, scheduled off Thursday and postponed due to cold and windy conditions on Friday against the White Sox.
"I think everybody's rested, everybody's available," Gardenhire said. "That's pretty easy to say. Three days is not what you look to, but Mother Nature decided it was time to take a break."
Joe Mauer singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
The White Sox returned home after losing seven of 10 games on the road.
NOTES: White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Viciedo was injured while batting in the eighth inning at Toronto on Thursday, and the roster move was made retroactive to Friday. He is batting .229 (11 for 48) with two homers and five RBIs in 13 games. OF Blake Tekotte was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Charlotte, where he began the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Jordan Danks started in center field and De Aza moved to left field to replace Viciedo on Saturday. ... Pitching coach Don Cooper rejoined the White Sox on Saturday after missing all of the 10-game road trip for diverticulitis, a stomach illness. "What it amounted to for me was a bad, bad, bad stomach ache for five days," Cooper said. "There are so many people that have it so much worse, every day waking up with pain. I'm not going to beef about it." ... Reports about LHP John Danks ' progress at extended spring training in Arizona have been positive, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. Danks has been on the disabled list since March 22 while recovering from left shoulder surgery. "He's been able to do all his exercises and he continues to progress," Hahn said.