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Twins eyeing Kubel return?

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Twins eyeing Kubel return?

With Michael Cuddyer headed to Colorado, Minnesota has stepped up efforts to re-sign outfielderDH Jason Kubel, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Take it away, Darth Vader.

It looked as if the Twins wouldn't be able to bring back either Cuddyer or Kubel after signing Josh Willingham earlier this week, but now that doesn't appear to be the case. This is bad news for the White Sox, seeing as Kubel has absolutely crushed the Sox in his career.

Kubel owns a .896 OPS against the White Sox in 303 plate appearances. He's hit 22 home runs and drove in 76 runs, easily the highest totals against any opponent (for reference, he's hit 12 home runs vs. Cleveland and driven in 52 runs vs. Kansas City, the highest totals in those areas).

He's smashed four home runs in his career off Gavin Floyd, the most he's hit against any opposing pitcher. Kubel's also hit three home runs against three pitchers, two of which are Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez -- both former Sox pitchers. He's driven in 13 runs with John Danks on the mound (the highest total there), with 11 RBIs coming against Garland and 10 against Floyd.

For the sake of the White Sox pitching staff's ERA, here's hoping Kubel doesn't return to Minnesota.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.