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Twins 9, White Sox 3
Jason Kubel is congratulated by Justin Morneau after his first homer.  (AP)
Scott Baker shut down the White Sox as his offense beat up on Javier Vazquez, led by Jason Kubel, who went deep twice and drove in three runs, and Justin Morneau, who set a club record with his 47th double. Minnesota moved within 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.
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Series at a glance:
  • Tue. 09/23: MIN 9, CWS 3
  • Wed. 09/24: MIN 3, CWS 2
  • Thu. 09/25: MIN 7, CWS 6
CWS
Chi White Sox (86-70)
Lost 1
Minnesota 9, Chi White Sox 3   MIN
Minnesota (85-72)
Won 2
September 23, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi White Sox
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 6 0
Minnesota
0 2 0 3 2 0 2 0 X   9 12 0
Standings thru 9/23/08  |  Recap: CWS | MIN  |  Gameday  |  White Sox stats  |  Twins stats
Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Cabrera, O, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .281
Pierzynski, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .280
  Phillips, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dye, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .288
Thome, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .245
Konerko, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .243
Griffey Jr., CF 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 .246
Ramirez, Al, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .294
Wise, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280
Uribe, 3B 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 .249
Totals 31 3 6 2 3 4 11  

BATTING
HR: Griffey Jr. (17, 9th inning off Guerrier, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Konerko; Ramirez, Al; Thome; Uribe; Griffey Jr. 4; Cabrera, O.
RBI: Griffey Jr. 2 (69).
2-out RBI: Griffey Jr. 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski 2.
GIDP: Griffey Jr., Cabrera, O.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 5 0 0 0 0 2 4 .294
Casilla, A, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .285
Mauer, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .329
Morneau, 1B 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .308
Kubel, DH 4 3 3 3 0 0 1 .276
Young, D, LF 3 2 3 2 1 0 0 .293
Buscher, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 .298
Punto, SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .285
Gomez, C, CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .258
Totals 35 9 12 9 2 3 13  

BATTING
2B: Young, D (28, Vazquez), Morneau (47, Richard).
3B: Kubel (5, Vazquez).
HR: Kubel 2 (20, 2nd inning off Vazquez, 1 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Logan, 0 on, 1 out), Young, D (10, 7th inning off Logan, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Punto 2; Gomez, C 2; Kubel 11; Morneau 2; Mauer; Young, D 7.
RBI: Kubel 3 (78), Young, D 2 (67), Punto (28), Gomez, C (57), Morneau (129), Buscher (47).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Span 2; Casilla, A; Punto; Mauer.
SF: Buscher.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto (13, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski), Gomez, C (32, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Casilla, A-Punto-Morneau, Punto-Morneau).

 
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vazquez (L, 12-15) 4.0 7 5 5 1 3 1 4.46
Richard 2.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 6.25
Logan 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 2 5.95
Carrasco 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.58
Ramirez, H 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.17
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (W, 10-4) 7.0 5 1 1 1 4 0 3.59
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.71
Guerrier 1.0 1 2 2 1 0 1 5.06

IBB: Young, D (by Richard).
Pitches-strikes: Vazquez 78-51, Richard 29-19, Logan 4-4, Carrasco 5-3, Ramirez, H 11-8, Baker, S 102-73, Crain 9-4, Guerrier 20-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vazquez 7-2, Richard 3-2, Logan 1-0, Carrasco 2-0, Ramirez, H 2-0, Baker, S 5-4, Crain 1-1, Guerrier 1-2.
Batters faced: Vazquez 20, Richard 10, Logan 3, Carrasco 2, Ramirez, H 3, Baker, S 26, Crain 3, Guerrier 5.
Umpires: HP: Bob Davidson. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Mike Reilly. 3B: Andy Fletcher.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:43.
Att: 35,225.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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