Their teams might be well out of the postseason picture with less than two weeks remaining in the season, but that doesn't mean John Danks and Scott Diamond have given up just yet.
The White Sox and Twins starting pitchers both had rough outings the last time they took the mound and are both looking to bounce back on Wednesday.
Danks was embarrassed after his last start Thursday against the Indians, giving up seven runs on nine hits over four innings while striking out a season-low one batter. It was the third straight outing in which the left-hander allowed at least four runs, bringing his September ERA to 9.64 over two starts.
In his career against the Twins, Danks is 6-10 with a 5.18 ERA.
"I'll do my best to forget it," Danks said after his last start. "But it was that bad that it will be hard to not lose any sleep tonight. I'm not going to pout, not going to sulk. I'm not going to make any excuses. Be ready to work hard tomorrow and get ready for the next one."
Diamond also struggled in his last start on Thursday, giving up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the A's in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
Diamond said command was the biggest issue in that start, and it's something he'll look to improve when he faces a White Sox team he is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA against this season.
"I was missing three, four, five inches off, which is not effective for me," Diamond said. "I need to work closer to the plate. That would lead to more effectiveness and being able to put more hitters away."
Twins: Day off sparks Dozier
On Monday, second baseman Brian Dozier got a day off because manager Ron Gardenhire said he was "dragging a little bit" after starting 44 straight games since Aug. 1.
Dozier responded well, getting back into the lineup on Tuesday and going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base.
The second baseman has put up solid numbers in his second season in the big leagues, batting .244 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs.
"We've been knocking heads the last few weeks about him trying to give me a few days off," Dozier said on Monday. "We kept joking back and forth. I kept saying, 'Don't even ask me.' But [Monday] was a good day, especially going into the last two weeks of the season."
White Sox: Outfielder Danks enjoying strong stretch at the plate
Wednesday's starter John might be the more notable of the two brothers, but young Jordan Danks is beginning to make a name for himself in the White Sox outfield.
Danks has received consistent playing time over the past two months, batting .293 with three home runs and seven RBIs since the start of August. He's 6-for-20 at the plate with six walks on the team's current homestand.
"His swing has been in a little bit of an evolution of hitting more power but being more consistent," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "The ball comes off his bat better now than it did when he first came up last year. That's part of being up here year round."
• White Sox outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo have strong lifetime numbers against Diamond. De Aza is 7-for-17 against the Twins starter, while Viciedo is 8-for-19.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.