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Updated: August 29th, 2011 9:15pm
Twins Daily: Mark Buehrle has allowed 1 run in 30 innings versus Twins

Twins Daily: Mark Buehrle has allowed 1 run in 30 innings versus Twins

by Phil Mackey
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Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle continued his season-long dominance over the Minnesota Twins, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 win on Monday night.

The skinny

Buerhle owns the Twins.

Working at his usual quick pace, the left-hander pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out four. In four outings against the Twins this season, Buehrle has allowed only one earned run in 30 2/3 innings (0.29 ERA).

Buerhle's mound opponent, Slowey, turned in one of his better performances of the last two seasons, allowing only two earned runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings.

The White Sox scored one run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Flowers, then plated another run in the seventh when Flowers doubled home Dayan Viciedo.

Chicago extended the lead to 3-0 off Matt Capps in the eighth inning when Alexei Ramirez scored from second base on a slow roller that Danny Valencia booted, then overran. The ball sat still in the infield grass between Valencia and shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka while Ramirez charged around third base.

Turning point

In retrospect, this game was decided the instant Buehrle began warming up in the bullpen.

Buerhle mowed through the first three Twins hitters in approximately 90 seconds, and the only four hits he allowed were singles.

He also threw 73 of his 109 pitches for strikes.

Numbers game

2: Baserunners for the Twins with less than two outs.

7: The number of times, in 31 starts, that Slowey has pitched at least seven innings since the beginning of last season.

1: The number of times Buehrle has allowed more than three earned runs in a game since April 22.

10: The number of times the Twins have been shut out this season.

Health report

• C Joe Mauer missed his sixth straight game Monday with neck soreness. Mauer described the injury as a "hyperextended" neck, but he was available to pinch hit and could be back behind the plate before the end of the White Sox series. Mauer has not caught since Aug. 20.

• 1B Justin Morneau was sidelined with a banged-up shoulder he sustained while diving for a ball in Sunday's game. The injury is not considered serious, and Morneau is day-to-day.

• SS Nishioka (oblique) returned to the starting lineup for the first time in more than a week. Nishioka singled and drew two walks in three plate appearances.

• 2B Alexi Casilla (hamstring) played in a rehab game for Single-A Fort Myers on Monday night and went 0-for-2. Casilla could rejoin the Twins in Anaheim this weekend.

On deck

The series continues Tuesday (7:10 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when right-hander Anthony Swarzak (3-4, 3.62) takes on right-hander Zach Stewart (1-3, 4.76).

Swarzak's last outing came one day earlier than expected, as he was summoned to pitch 3 1/3 innings in relief of the injured Francisco Liriano on Aug. 25. Swarzak gave up five earned runs on eight hits and two walks to the Baltimore Orioles, raising his season ERA by 0.50 points. His last start came on July 18 against the Cleveland Indians, where Swarzak allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings.

Stewart was acquired on July 27 along with Jason Frazier from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen. Stewart has appeared in five games (three starts) for the White Sox since his arrival, allowing 12 earned runs in 23 innings (4.70 ERA), with 16 strikeouts and seven walks. In his last outing, Stewart allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings to the Los Angeles Angels.

Coming up

• Wednesday: @ White Sox, 1:10 p.m. LHP Scott Diamond (0-2, 5.68) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (5-6, 5.06)
• Thursday: Off day
• Friday: @ LA Angels, 9:05 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (6-11, 4.62) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (15-7, 2.28)

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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