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7/10/14: Pino fans four in first MLB win

The last time the White Sox were in the Twin Cities, they were on the wrong end of a four-game sweep.

After Saturday night's victory, Chicago is on the verge of returning the favor to the Twins a month later.

Minnesota will turn to Yohan Pino, who will try to reverse the Twins' fortunes in just his seventh Major League start. The 30-year-old Pino faced the White Sox in his debut in June and pitched well, lasting seven innings and allowing two runs off five hits.

Pino has made one start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. In his most recent outing in the Minors he walked seven, but he didn't issue any free passes on Tuesday against Cleveland. Limiting those control issues will be crucial if the journeyman Minor Leaguer hopes to make this an extended stay in Minnesota.

Pino will be opposing another rookie -- Chicago's Scott Carroll. After two outings in which Carroll didn't allow a run through 11 2/3 innings, he had a rough go of it Tuesday against Kansas City.

In that start, he gave up five runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings. The 29-year-old said he battled rust in his first start back from the All-Star break.

"That's kind of the way I felt," Carroll said afterward. "Early on, I was able to get some strikeouts to get out of the first inning, but overall I just didn't feel I had my best stuff. The sixth inning is what really got me, but up to that point, I had just felt rusty."

On June 21, Carroll threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief at Target Field.

White Sox: Abreu extends hit streak
Rookie sensation Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night in Minnesota. It is the second streak of at least that length -- earlier, he hit safely in 18 straight games.

That's hardly been the most impressive part of Abreu's season. He leads the Majors with 30 homers and a .620 slugging percentage. In fact, only two players in MLB history have reached 30 homers faster than Abreu -- Rudy York did it in 79 games, and Mark McGwire only needed 84.

Abreu's power numbers are badly needed on the White Sox this season. His stats, however, have kept Chicago in the top 10 among big league teams in power categories.

Twins: Nolasco will need rehab assignment
Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday as he recovers from a right elbow strain that landed him on the disabled list July 8.

He'll be with the Twins on their upcoming road trip to continue throwing regularly, but he'll require a rehab stint before returning.

Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts this year.

Worth noting
• The Twins are wrapping up a 10-game homestand Sunday. So far, they are 2-7.

• Chicago's win Saturday night evened the season series at five games apiece. Comments