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Updated: July 25th, 2014 11:27pm
Jose Abreu gives White Sox early lead with long ball to beat Twins

Jose Abreu gives White Sox early lead with long ball to beat Twins

by The Associated Press
Audio Clip
7/18/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 24. Jim Souhan on trade deadline for the Twins
Jim Souhan joins the Sports Over Beers podcast for some plausible Twins trade scenarios. This episode was recorded at Brothers in downtown Minneapolis, and is sponsored by Shock Top -- Live Life Unfiltered. The Twins should be trade-deadline sellers, the question is whether or not they’ll realize that in time. Which players should the Twins look to trade? Josh Willingham, Kendrys Morales, Kevin Correia, Kurt Suzuki? Who are some that aren’t getting talked about much who could or should be moved? Trade candidates or not: Sam Deduno? Trevor Plouffe? Casey Fien? Souhan’s top-3 trade options. Can Josmil Pinto be the Twins catcher of the future or should the Twins extend Suzuki? -- Will Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire be here this time next year? What do you think about these roles: Paul Molitor manager, Tom Kelly bench coach. Robin Yount? -- The guys take a walk down memory lane with some obscure Twins from the past, including a story about a former ballplayer and potential drug dealer. How did the steroid era slip by largely unnoticed for a while? -- Outlining the Elbow Empowerment Program. What’s the next ‘Moneyball,’ or market inefficiency?
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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.

Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham homered for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of its last 13 home games.

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.

Game notes

--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
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