Jose Abreu gives White Sox early lead with long ball to beat Twins
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night.
Abreu had two hits and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 77 RBIs -- Detroit's Miguel Cabrera began the day leading the majors with 80.
Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers also homered for the White Sox. Dayan Viciedo tied a career high with four of Chicago's 17 hits.
John Danks (9-6), the subject of recent trade rumors, gave up four runs over seven innings.
Abreu drove a hanging curveball from Kevin Correia (5-13) into the bullpen in left-center field to give Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The White Sox have won six of their last nine.
Danks set down 12 batters in a row before Chris Colabello lined two-run single in the sixth.
Heading into the start, Danks was 0-6 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight games against Minnesota.
After Kurt Suzuki had a sacrifice fly in the Twins second, Ramirez opened the third with a home run off the facing of the upper deck in left.
Flowers sent a drive off the upper deck to start the seventh, one of his three hits.
Correia, also the subject of trade speculation, lasted just four innings for the second consecutive start.
--Twins star Joe Mauer began hitting soft toss in the batting cage as he works his way back from an oblique strain.
--The Twins recalled LHP Logan Darnell to make his first big league start on Saturday in place of the injured Kyle Gibson (back). Gibson hopes to start Tuesday's game in Kansas City. Darnell will face All-Star Chris Sale (9-1, 2.03).© The Associated Press