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The Minnesota Twins Look To Start A winning Streak Against the Chicago White Sox

The Minnesota Twins have had a tough start to the season, but after a current winning run they could make up some ground in the American League Central when they play the Chicago White Sox.

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Minnesota (26-39) has won 12 of 14 against Chicago, taking two games at U.S. Cellular Field last month - including Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter May 3.

The Twins have made up ground in the weak AL Central by winning nine of 11 overall, including three of four at home against AL West-leading Texas over the weekend.

On Sunday, Liriano didn’t allow a hit through seven innings, but after sitting for nearly a half-hour while Minnesota scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, he gave up a single to Adrian Beltre to lead off the eighth. Minnesota still won 6-1.

Twins starters are 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA over the last 11 games. Through June 1, Minnesota’s rotation was 13-24 with a 4.58 ERA.

Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.54 ERA) hopes to continue that trend. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings of the Twins’ 3-2, 10-inning win over Cleveland on Wednesday after pitching a complete game in a 5-2 win at Kansas City his previous time out.

Minnesota has a good chance to extend its success against the White Sox, who have encountered major problems in Minneapolis. Chicago has lost 22 of its last 28 road games in the series, going 3-6 at Target Field in 2010.

The White Sox (33-35), though, have also turned things around by winning nine of 13 overall. They finished a 10-game homestand by taking three of four against Oakland, winning 5-4 Sunday behind Adam Dunn’s three-run home run.

Dunn’s homer was his second of the series and 361st of his career - tying him with Joe DiMaggio. Although he has just seven homers this year while hitting an MLB-worst .180, Chicago remains confident he can produce.

Gavin Floyd (6-5, 3.89) will take the ball for Chicago. The right-hander has lost five straight starts to the Twins, posting a 9.87 ERA in the last three. The Twins see a chance to make up some ground and get a win in the first game in this vital series.