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Sox expecting cornered Twins to fight back
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

Chris Getz steals second base as Cleveland Indians second baseman Jamey Carroll takes the throw in the fifth inning Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.


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Kerry Wood closes out the White Sox' comeback hopes in the ninth inning Thursday.


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Published: 7/9/2009 9:01 PM

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The Twins lost their third straight home game on Thursday while being swept by the New York Yankees.

That's probably not a good thing for the White Sox.

The Sox have had all kinds of problems playing in the Metrodome the last few years, losing 4 straight and 9 of their last 10 on the artificial turf.

When they make their first visit to Minnesota this weekend, the White Sox are now going to have to deal with a wounded opponent.

"You love to play against them," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "It teaches me how to manage. I'm always on my toes, aware of anything. Little by little, they get you. They've got two guys in the middle of the lineup (Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau) that are to me the best. Hopefully when they come to hit, there aren't people on base."

The Sox, except Mark Buehrle, head for the all-star break after they're finished with the Twins.

"We're about to play Minnesota, one of the top teams in the division," second baseman Chris Getz said. "If we can come out and win the series, that will feel nice, go to the all-star break and carry that momentum on."

Colon, Quentin in action: Bartolo Colon did indeed suit up for Class AAA Charlotte Thursday night, and the 36-year-old starter pitched well in his first rehab game with the Knights.

Colon, on the disabled list since June 9 with a sore left knee, went 5 innings against Norfolk and allowed 1 run on 2 hits. The right-hander also walked two and struck out one.

Left fielder Carlos Quentin (left foot), also rehabbing with Charlotte, was 1-for-4, dropping his average from .400 to .357.

Quentin is expected to rejoin the Sox after the all-star break. Colon is an option to replace the struggling Clayton Richard in the rotation.

Back in the flow: After sitting out the first two games against the Indians, rookie second baseman Chris Getz returned to the lineup Thursday and went 4-for-4, a career best.

Getz said he did some tinkering with his swing the last two days.

"Absolutely," he said. "I've become kind of one dimensional with my approach. I talked to (Scott) Podsednik about what he's trying to do, stay inside the ball, and I'm trying to work on a little bit of a different approach, similar to Podsednik. I had some positive results today."

Mr. Versatile: Jayson Nix is a natural second baseman, but the White Sox' utility man has also played shortstop, third base, left field and right this season.

"He has the right attitude," bench coach Joey Cora said. "He just says, 'Give me a glove and I'll go play.'''

Nix made his third start of the season in left field Thursday.

"This is the first year I've played the outfield, but this is the first year I've felt comfortable out there," Nix said. "There's definitely been some balls I haven't been challenged with this year, but for the most part, everything that's come my way in the outfield and found me has felt fine and good."