This year has been different, however, and while anything can still happen in this young season, the Sox currently hold the series lead over Minnesota, four games to one.
Perhaps just as surprisingly, the White Sox offense has been on fire against the Twins this year, scoring at least five runs in all of their outings so far.
Jermaine Dye epitomized the White Sox suddenly potent offense tonight when he sent a bomb well over the dugout in left field, absolutely crushing an offering from Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano, who gave Dye his eighth grand slam.
Paul Konerko also homered for the second time in as many games, Scott Podsednik picked up his third stolen base, and Alexei Ramirez and Corky Miller each picked up a double.
Liriano gave up all seven of the Sox scored runs, walking three batters and striking out only one in four innings. He moves to 2-5 on the year.
John Danks was trying to follow up a fantastic performance by fellow southpaw Mark Buehrle with one of his own, but it was a good thing that the offense finally came through for him.
Danks was spotty against Minnesota, giving up five hits and four runs in five and two-thirds innings, but just two were earned. He walked three batters and struck out seven, and dropped his ERA slightly to 4.60. He moves to 3-3 on the year.
Octavio Dotel, Matt Thornton and Scott Linebrink each picked up a hold in relief of Danks, and Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his ninth save on the year.
The series finale kicks off tomorrow with Bartolo Colon starting for the White Sox. The game starts at 2:05 central time.
John Danks Win Counter: Three wins and climbing!
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