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Abreu hits 30th HR, White Sox beat Twins 9-5


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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Chicago manager Robin Ventura is no longer surprised when Jose Abreu hits a long home run or does something else spectacular.

Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night.

''I think we're past the point of unexpected with him,'' Ventura said. ''You just expect him to be in the middle of things when it's happening.''

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.

Fellow slugger and teammate Adam Dunn is even more impressed with Abreu than his manager.

''Baseball's been around a long time and there's been a lot of rookies come up but for him to do what he's done, I don't think anybody expected that,'' Dunn said. ''Am I surprised by it? Not really.''

The White Sox said in research by the Elias Sports Bureau that Abreu's 89 games are the third fastest in major league history to reach 30 home runs. He also joined Jose Canseco and Tony Oliva as the only Cuban-born rookies to hit 30 homers.

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 ball was flying everywhere. Bloops, blasts, the whole package,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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.

An early three-run blast from Abreu sure helps in forgetting about some of those trade rumors.

''I don't get caught up in any of that, I really don't,'' Danks said. ''I've heard some things about the rumors and stuff out there. I have no control over that. I'm going to be in Chicago hopefully my whole career, but if something happens we'll cross that bridge when we get there.''

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 mentioned in trade speculation, lasted just four innings for the second consecutive start. Watching those balls fly over the fence and the bloopers find open space wasn't any fun for him.

''That's two bad starts in a row. I need to get on another good run here,'' Correia said.

NOTES: Twins star Joe Mauer began hitting soft toss in the batting cage as he works his way back from an oblique strain. ... Viciedo has three four-hit games in his career. ... 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). ... To make room for Darnell, Minnesota optioned SS Jorge Polanco to Double-A New Britain.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Abreu
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Minnesota

J. Willingham
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF6110002.284.355.384
Alexei Ramirez, SS5321102.283.321.401
Jose Abreu, 1B5223012.292.341.620
Adam Dunn, DH5121011.232.366.439
Dayan Viciedo, RF5141012.241.290.403
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000.214.237.317
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5021002.319.372.462
Gordon Beckham, 2B5010003.224.272.355
Alejandro De Aza, LF4000112.232.305.354
Tyler Flowers, C5131003.239.297.344
John Danks, P0000000.333.333.333
   Javy Guerra, P0000000.000.000.000
   Taylor Thompson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals45917824    
Batting
2B - Dayan Viciedo (20, Thielbar), Tyler Flowers (11, Fien)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (9, Correia), Jose Abreu (30, Correia), Tyler Flowers (6, Burton)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez (44), Jose Abreu 3 (77), Adam Dunn (42), Dayan Viciedo (37), Conor Gillaspie (37), Tyler Flowers (31)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (12), Dayan Viciedo (21), Conor Gillaspie (17)
Team LOB - 12
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (W,9-6) 7644051 4.40
Javy Guerra 1000010 2.92
Taylor Thompson 1311011 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 100-66, Javy Guerra 15-10, Taylor Thompson 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 7-9
Batters Faced - John Danks 27, Javy Guerra 3, Taylor Thompson 6
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Danny Santana, CF4110010.323.359.460
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4110010.265.289.393
Brian Dozier, 2B3000000.235.330.426
   Jorge Polanco, SS1000010.333.500.833
Chris Colabello, 1B4012010.237.286.403
Josh Willingham, DH4221011.213.354.421
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4121010.225.310.390
Kurt Suzuki, C3011000.309.365.393
Eduardo Escobar, SS-2B4010001.271.314.394
Sam Fuld, LF4000012.254.343.362
Kevin Correia, P0000000.200.200.400
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jared Burton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Fien, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3559507    
Batting
HR - Josh Willingham (10, Ta. Thompson), Oswaldo Arcia (7, Danks)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (6)
RBI - Chris Colabello 2 (38), Josh Willingham (29), Oswaldo Arcia (20), Kurt Suzuki (41)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Colabello 2 (18)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Kevin Correia (4, Throwing), Eduardo Nunez (4, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (L,5-13) 41076202 5.06
Caleb Thielbar 2411020 2.83
Jared Burton 1211011 4.54
Brian Duensing 1000000 2.27
Casey Fien 1100010 2.25
WP - Kevin Correia (3)
HBP - Abreu (by Jared Burton)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 79-49, Caleb Thielbar 42-26, Jared Burton 16-11, Brian Duensing 10-6, Casey Fien 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-7, Caleb Thielbar 2-2, Jared Burton 1-1, Brian Duensing 1-2, Casey Fien 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 25, Caleb Thielbar 10, Jared Burton 6, Brian Duensing 3, Casey Fien 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28728
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Tony Randazzo