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  W: L. Giolito (9-9)   L: S. Gonsalves (0-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 20, 2018
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 23,431

Twins give Gonsalves his first big league start vs. White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

  1. The White Sox have won four times in an independent five-game span for the second time in August after only doing so from March to July. Chicago has averaged 5.80 runs over this span compared to its opponent's 4.00.
  2. The Twins enter this series having won five of their last six games, all at home. Minnesota has gone 38-25 (.603) at home compared to 21-39 (.350) on the road -- the .253 difference between home and road win percentages is the largest in MLB.
  3. Jose Abreu is slashing .391/.444/.739 during his six-game hitting streak, helping the White Sox to a 4-2 record. He has slugged two home runs and two doubles during the streak, and has driven in nine runs.
  4. Joe Mauer picked up at least one hit in each of the first four games he has played against the White Sox this season, but has gone hitless in the four since. With 227 career hits against the Southsiders, Mauer trails only Victor Martinez (252) among active players.
  5. Lucas Giolito has a 2.89 ERA in three starts against the Twins this season. He has held Minnesota hitters to a .221 average, allowing one home run across the three games.
  6. Stephen Gonsalves will make his debut tonight for Minnesota. In 10 AAA starts since June 16, Gonsalves has pitched to a 1.08 ERA, striking out 51 batters and holding opponents to a .151 batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/21/2018 thru 8/20/2018

Stephen Gonsalves will make his major league debut Monday night when the Minnesota Twins open a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.

The left-hander, ranked as the Twins' No. 5 prospect this season by MLBPipeline.com, went 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester this season.

"I was actually struggling a little bit walking everyone," said Gonsalves, who issued 55 walks. "I was effectively wild, not mixing in a whole lot of hits. I've missed bats in the past with good changeups and good spin. Hopefully, we can just go from there."

Gonsalves gets his chance because Minnesota put veteran right-hander Ervin Santana back on the disabled list after he reported issues with his right middle finger.

"I have a little bit of discomfort right now, that's why we shut it down," Santana said. "Mostly the grip, that's where most of the pain is. You need to get it right before you do anything else. I'm going to shut it down and try to recover as fast as I can."

Santana, 35, underwent surgery on the same finger in February and was expected to return in late April or early May. He didn't make his 2017 debut until July 25 thanks to a series of setbacks. He made nine starts for Minnesota this season and was largely ineffective in those outings, going 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA in 24 2/3 innings.

He'll seek a second opinion on the finger later this week but could miss the remainder of the season -- his last under a four-year, $55 million contract signed ahead of the 2015 season.

"It's a combination of some discomfort, and I don't think it's working quite as well," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We all see how it's been going to this point. I'm not sure where it's going to go from here, but we just thought it made sense at this time rather than run him back out there on Tuesday. I don't know when the next time he'll pitch is going to be."

Gonsalves will be facing a White Sox team riding high after winning four of its last five games, including a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito gets the ball for the series opener, looking to keep the momentum going both for the team as well as himself.

He overcame a rough start to work six innings in a 6-3 victory over Detroit on Tuesday. Giolito struck out seven in that outing, giving him 20 in his last three starts spanning 18 innings.

"You can see his growth in the last two games," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's not fighting things as much as he was earlier. He has a better feel for his breaking ball his last three or four outings."

Giolito carries a 6.15 ERA into the game but has two quality starts this month.

"I want to prove that as a starting pitcher I can get out of a jam early in the game and I can give you more solid innings," Giolito said. "It's an adjustment to be able to control the pace of a game in the big leagues. I think I've learned a lot this season."

Updated August 19, 2018

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