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Associated Press, Published September 16 2012

White Sox top Twins for sweep

MINNEAPOLIS – Well aware that his team won’t be playing in October, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is at least thankful for the opportunity to check out some of his young prospects in September.

On Sunday the Chicago White Sox completed a sweep of their three-game series with the Twins, as Jake Peavy baffled Minnesota again, Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn homered in a 9-2 win.

Gardenhire took some solace in getting a closer look at prospects like catcher Chris Herrmann, who made his major league debut, and shortstop Pedro Florimon, who got a hit in three trips to the plate.

“It was nice getting Herrmann in a game today behind the plate,” Gardenhire said. “You’ve got to see these things. I’ve got to know what they can do and whether they can handle this situation.”

One situation they couldn’t handle was a sixth inning, when the White Sox scored six runs to blow open a one-run game, and stay ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. Scott Diamond (11-8) took the brunt of the inning, and the loss.

“Scotty was hanging in there, then one bad pitch to Viciedo,” Gardenhire said. “We’ve got the infield in and you’ve got to keep the ball down. He got a fastball out and over the plate. He crushed that one, kind of knocked (Diamond) out, and it kind of got ugly after that. We couldn’t do anything.”

Joe Mauer homered in his return after missing five games with back spasms, but the Twins lost to Chicago for the 13th time in 16 games.

After Alexi Casilla’s double in the fifth made it 3-2, Dunn and Viciedo went deep off Scott Diamond (11-8) in the sixth to squash the Twins’ comeback attempt.

“I think the big thing today was just sticking to one plan a little too much and they made the adjustment before I did,” Diamond said. “I think that was the cause of the sixth inning.”

Chicago Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Wise cf-rf 3 0 1 2 Span cf 4 0 0 0

Youkils 3b 4 0 2 2 Revere lf 4 0 0 0

Lopz ph-1b 1 0 0 0 Mauer 1b 3 1 2 1

A.Dunn 1b 4 1 2 2 Mstrnn rf 0 0 0 0

Olmedo 3b 1 0 0 0 Mrnea dh 2 0 0 0

Konerk dh 4 0 0 0 Crsn ph-dh 1 0 0 0

Jnsn ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Doumit c 3 0 0 0

Rios rf 3 2 2 0 CHrmn c 1 0 0 0

JrDnks cf 2 0 0 0 Prml rf-1b 3 0 0 0

Viciedo lf 4 1 2 3 Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 0

AlRmrz ss 4 1 0 0 ACasill 2b 4 0 2 1

Flowrs c 2 2 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 1 0

Bckhm 2b 3 2 1 0

Totals 36 9 10 9 Totals 32 2 6 2

Chicago 002 106 000— 9

Minnesota 100 010 000— 2

E—Florimon (6). DP—Chicago 1. LOB—Chicago 5, Minnesota 6. 2B—Wise (8), Youkilis (14), Viciedo (16), Mauer (30), Plouffe (16), A.Casilla (15). 3B—Rios (8). HR—A.Dunn (39), Viciedo (21), Mauer (10). SB—Rios (22), Al.Ramirez (17). SF—Wise 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Chicago

Peavy W,11-11 6 4 2 2 1 6

Omogrosso 1 2 0 0 1 1

Veal 1 0 0 0 1 1

Humber 1 0 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Diamnd L,11-8 5Zc 7 6 6 1 2

Swarzak Zc 1 3 0 2 0

Waldrop 1Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Burton 1 1 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 0

T—2:55. A—31,722 (39,500).