Hector Noesi looks to build on a formidable August during the last month of the season to cap what has been somewhat of a resurgent year for the White Sox starter.
The White Sox are coming off their worst month of the season, but Noesi's best. He boasted season bests in wins (three), ERA (3.24), strikeouts (27), WHIP (1.11) and average against (.240). He also showcased durability, averaging 6 2/3 innings per outing, after starting the season in the Mariners' bullpen before a series of releases and waiver deals landed him in Chicago.
The South Siders are 12-10 in games started by Noesi, and 6-2 since the All-Star break.
Noesi tossed one of his best games of the season against the Twins on July 24, allowing two earned runs on three hits with one walk in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season.
Tommy Milone will make his fifth start for the Twins since arriving from Oakland at the Trade Deadline for outfielder Sam Fuld.
Milone has been bailed out of his four games thus far -- he's averaging just over four innings per outing, and has a 7.98 ERA, a .378 average against and 0-1 record. Yet the Twins are 3-1 in games he's pitched.
"He's a good pitcher. He's just missing off the plate and just missing inside," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, "and when he does make a pitch, they reach out and flip it somewhere. He's fighting it a little bit mentally. He's trying to figure it out himself, and when that happens, things start happening on the other side of it."
White Sox: Veterans exchanged for prospects in two separate trades
The White Sox made some notable roster shifts over the weekend ahead of the waiver deadline Sunday.
Chicago sent veterans Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza to Oakland and Baltimore, respectively, for a total of three right-handed pitchers and cash considerations.
"Obviously, when we see the opportunity to get better or create some flexibility or improve the system, we take it -- so long as we feel it's going to be our best opportunity," general manager Rick Hahn said.
The White Sox were silent in the days leading up to and on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, which Hahn credited to their market interests -- or lack thereof.
"Deals like this didn't exist for us," Hahn said. "Whether it was teams had other priorities or we just couldn't match up on players. We wanted to wait. I think our patience in this regard paid off."
Twins: Minnesota to make callups in return home
The Twins will make their callups Tuesday when they return to Target Field for the series opener against the White Sox instead of when rosters expanded Monday, when they were in Baltimore.
The Twins will call up outfielder Aaron Hicks, catcher Josmil Pinto, catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann, left-hander Logan Darnell and right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester, which was eliminated from playoff contention Sunday night.
In addition, they'll select the contracts of infielder Doug Bernier and right-handers A.J. Achter and Lester Oliveros from Rochester. The addition of those three means the 40-man roster is full, as the Twins created a roster spot by outrighting left-hander Edgar Ibarra off the roster.
• Twins first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas joined Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio as the only three players in MLB history to register 34 hits and 24 RBIs in the month of their debut, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
• Jose Abreu needs just one RBI to reach 100 this season, which would make him the fourth rookie in White Sox history to accomplish that feat. Abreu is currently on a 12-game hitting streak, during which he's 21-for-42 (.500) with two homers and 10 RBIs.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.