Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homered as the White Sox banged out 21 hits and 12 runs in a drubbing of Minnesota, securing the team's second straight series victory. Kevin Youkilis had three hits and two RBIs after being jokingly challenged by A.J. Pierzynski before the game -- here's what the new Sox infielder had to say after the contest:
Youkilis played first base, giving Paul Konerko the day off. The flexibility Youkilis brings certainly paid off -- and it didn't hurt that Eduardo Escobar had two hits filling in at third base.
Everything wasn't all good Wednesday, as Will Ohman allowed three runs in two innings -- which turned out to be his last appearance with the White Sox. After the game, the team designated him for assignment, with a corresponding roster move to be announced before today's game at Yankee Stadium.
In their four-game series with the Yankees, the Sox will miss C.C. Sabathia, who was scheduled to start Friday but was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin. In his place, Andy Warren will make his major-league debut on Friday against the Sox.
For the Sox, Gavin Floyd will take the mound in Sunday's series finale, and it'll be a pretty good litmus test for where the righty is at. His two-start resurgence has come at the right time, but if he can keep it up against a lineup as powerful as New York's, that'll be a major step in the right direction. Although if that's the case, maybe Tyler Flowers should be behind the plate -- or so the argument from Jim Margalus at South Side Sox goes.
Adam Dunn had a great chat on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning, talking about his college football days with Texas and describing what it's like to face Randy Johnson. Hint: It's not fun.
Around the division: Cleveland lost its fifth game in a row and is now 2 12 games out of first, Detroit's loss to Texas put the Sox four games clear of the Tigers and Kansas City is only five back after completing a sweep of Tampa Bay. And in saddening news, Twins minor leaguer Paul Bargas passed away after battling a rare form of brain cancer.
And in former White Sox news, Dan Hudson has a torn UCL and will likely need Tommy John surgery.