Kevin Correia bested Jose Quintana when the hurlers locked horns last Sunday. Which pitcher will rise to the occasion when the Twins and White Sox duel on Friday?
For the White Sox to come out on top, they'll have to solve a right-hander who has stymied them all season. In three starts against Chicago, Correia has averaged nearly seven innings per outing and has compiled a 2-1 record and 2.61 ERA.
Correia blanked the White Sox over seven frames in their last encounter. It was a welcome sight for the Twins, as Correia had gone 0-2 with a 13.03 ERA over his previous three starts. In those outings, he surrendered 24 hits in 9 2/3 innings.
"I think early in the year, I had a lot more smooth innings where I was getting deeper into games," Correia said. "And as of late I've been giving up more hits, so I think I've nibbled a little bit more to try to counteract that and my pitch count's gone up. I've just been trying to get back to firing strikes and getting quicker outs."
Last Sunday, Quintana allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in Chicago's 5-2 loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. In 24 starts this season, the southpaw has posted a 6-4 mark and 4.42 ERA.
On Friday, Quintana will be tasked with trying to halt Chicago's season-long 10-game road losing streak. The White Sox have not won a game away from their friendly confines since July 13. Their 18-42 mark on the road is the worst in baseball and the club has lost 30 of its last 37 contests away from home. At the start of the month, the team lost every game of a seven-game trip.
Manager Robin Ventura, however, cautions that the current crop of players donning White Sox uniforms should not be held accountable for the entire season's worth of road woes.
"We're a different team right now," Ventura said. "We have different guys on the roster, so that changes, just naturally evolves into something else. I don't think the last road trip has any real effect on what's going on right now, because we're different."
White Sox: Viciedo still ailing
• For the sixth straight game and eighth time in nine games, Ventura did not pencil Dayan Viciedo's name into his lineup. The left fielder is dealing with a sore thumb on his left hand. Ventura said he can hit, but can't field.
"He's getting better," Ventura said. "Every day is just kind of a little better. It's not enough where he's at 100 percent. He says he can swing, but for some reason or another, just the way his hand goes in his glove and going to catch a ball, it just doesn't feel right."
• Second baseman Gordon Beckham exited Thursday's contest early with a right quadriceps strain.
Twins: Doumit nearing return
• Twins general manager Terry Ryan said catcher Ryan Doumit could return to the club on Friday. Doumit suffered a concussion when he took a foul tip to his mask on Aug. 4. He passed a concussion test on Thursday.
"Everything is pointing to an activation in the next day or two," Ryan said on Thursday. "But it'll probably be [Friday]."
• White Sox slugger Paul Konerko is two doubles shy of 400 for his career and five walks shy of 900 for his career.
• Twins infielder Pedro Florimon is batting .074 (2-for-27) in August.