Trying to close out the 1st half on a winning note

The Twins are going for a series win over the White Sox today in their last contest before the All-Star Break. Minnesota enters the game at 44-44 so a victory would guarantee the club with a winning first half.

Kevin Slowey has been backed up in his throwing program. He didn’t throw on Sunday and won’t throw again until Wednesday. So Anthony Swarzak will remain in the rotation for now. The hope had been that when Slowey came back that Swarzak could move into the bullpen.

Still manager Ron Gardenhire said that he expects the club to add a pitcher to the roster by Friday, moving the club back to a 12-man pitching staff. It’s unclear yet just who that pitcher will be. Some of the possible options at Triple-A Rochester are Jesse Crain, Rob Delaney and Juan Morillo.

Bobby Keppel said his hamstring issue was just a minor thing and he should be available to pitch today. But the Twins will also have Francisco Liriano and Swarzak in the bullpen to help if needed. Gardenhire said that Liriano would only be used to face a lefty or two while Swarzak could be used for an inning.

Lineups

White Sox
Scott Podsednik, CF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Jermaine Dye, RF
Jim Thome, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Chris Getz, 2B
Gordon Beckham, 3B
DeWayne Wise, LF
Pitching: Mark Buehrle, LHP

Twins
Denard Span, LF
Brendan Harris, SS
Joe Mauer, DH
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Mike Redmond, C
Carlos Gomez, CF
Nick Punto, 2B
Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP

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