White Sox-Twins: Mark Buehrle Suffers a Tough Loss to Minnesota

Josh WarrenCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2008

As the race continues to heat up in the tough AL Central, the Chicago White Sox are starting one of their most crucial series of the year, a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins.

However, after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox started their battle against the Twins on the wrong foot, getting shutout by Kevin Slowey on Monday night.

Mark Buehrle had been showing signs of improvement on the season before Monday's game, having found his groove once again as a starter. But the Twins simply found all the right ways to hit the left-hander. He spread eight hits over five innings, but was out-dueled by his Minnesota counterpart.

Kevin Slowey was dominant against the Sox, redeeming himself for his previous performances against Chicago this year. His ERA against the White Sox was over 10 in his previous starts against their team, and he'd only struck out eight batters.

Tonight, he threw a six-hitter and gave the best performance he could to move the Twins within a game-and-a-half of the AL Central-leading White Sox.

In Tuesday's game, Clayton Richard will get another chance to pick up a win for the Sox while filling in for Jose Contreras, who is on the disabled list with tendonitis.