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June 20, 2013

Twins sweep White Sox 11-4 on a rare POWER SURGE

Minnesota his four home runs at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins flexed some muscle for their first three-game sweep of the season. The Chicago White Sox were easily overpowered in this lopsided series.

Brian Dozier's two-run homer was one of a career-high four long balls hit off John Danks, and the Twins beat the White Sox 8-4 on Thursday.

"It always helps a lot when you've got everybody hitting in the lineup," said Dozier, who homered for the third time in his last four games. "Hopefully that won't let up, and we can continue the hot bats and the pitching and defense."

Oswaldo Arcia went deep in the second inning ahead of Dozier. Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar hit back-to-back shots in the fourth, sending the White Sox to their seventh defeat in the last eight games. They fell to a league-worst 13-28 on the road and 5-13 in June.

"The game is hard enough when you're not playing well," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "When you're not playing well, you can see all the warts."

Danks (1-4) lasted only five innings, giving up 12 hits and six runs. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs against Scott Diamond (5-6) in the sixth inning, but that wasn't nearly enough.

The six combined homers on this humid, breezy afternoon matched a record at Target Field, which opened in 2010. The Twins last swept the White Sox in a three-game series Sept. 14-16, 2010, in Chicago. They'd never done it here before.

"You're only as good as your last game, but there's a confidence level," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The White Sox dropped to 29-41, the first time they've been 12 games under .500 since the last day of the 2007 season, when they finished 72-90. That was the only year in the history of the AL Central, which was created in 1994, the White Sox have finished in fourth place. They've never finished last in the Central, but they're well on their way this summer, with starting pitching joining this week the list of problems topped by fielding and scoring.

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