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Peavy throws 8 shutout innings, White Sox blank Twins

Jake  Peavy looked like the Jake Peavy of
old  as he tossed eight shutout innings to help the Chicago White Sox down the
Minnesota Twins 7-0 and sweep the three-game series.

Peavy  (5-5)  scattered three hits and  fanned six without walking a batter to
pick up the win in his first career start in Minnesota.

"I threw 10-12 changeups and just changed speeds, from 70 to around 90," Peavy
said.  "I  threw some cutters  and breaking balls  and was aggressive. I can't
stand  putting people on base so it makes a world of difference when you get a
lead  early. We  came in  here and  gave  ourselves a  chance to  stay in  the
division race."

Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and Brent Lillibridge all smacked home
runs  while Carlos Quentin added two doubles for the Sox, who have won five in
a row on the road.

Brian Duensing (8-10) lasted 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort. He yielded five
runs -- four earned -- on nine hits while fanning four and walking one for the
Twins, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

Joe  Mauer and  Ben Revere  smacked doubles  while Matt  Tolbert and  Tsuyoshi
Nishioka had singles for Minnesota's four hits.

Chicago  opened  the scoring in  the second inning  courtesy of a two-out solo
homer by Lillibridge, his ninth of the season, and cruised from there.

"We  haven't  even come close to  winning series let alone sweeping series, so
its  nice to  get some  wins  after a  big losing  streak," Lillibridge  said.
Timely hitting has been huge for us."

The  White Sox  added three runs in the  fourth to make it a 4-0 game. Konerko
led  off the inning with a blast into the second deck for his 26th home run of
the  season,  while Quentin doubled and  scored on the ensuing double by Rios.
After  Lillibridge  fouled out, Gordon Beckham  reached on a throwing error by
Duensing  and Tyler Flowers walked to load the bases with one out. Brett Morel
then grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Rios to score.

Morel  led off  the seventh with a double  to right and advanced to third on a
sacrifice bunt by Juan Pierre to give the White Sox a runner on third with one
out.  Ramirez  then battled Twins reliever  Alex Burnett for 11 pitches before
belting a 3-2 fastball into the seats in left to give the Sox a 6-0 lead.

Rios  gave the  White Sox their 7-0  advantage in the seventh by greeting Jose
Mijares with a long blast to left field for his seventh homer of the season.

The  Twins  only got two  runners to  second base on  the doubles by Mauer and
Revere and were shut out for the eighth time this season.

"I    think   it's    just   frustrating   when   your   not   winning   games
regardless   of   what  point   in  the  season   your  at,"  Twins  infielder
Danny  Valencia  said. "Getting  swept  by  the  White  Sox wasn't  ideal.  We
just  have  to  bounce  back.  I  know were  a  good  team.  It's  frustrating
when  you  don't  get the results you want."

                                   Game Notes

Twins  designated hitter  Jim Thome had his 10-game hitting streak snapped. He
is two home runs shy of 600 for his career...Prior to Sunday's game, the Twins
held an on-field ceremony to honor the late Kirby Puckett...Minnesota is 33-48
against right-handed starters this season...Pierre extended his hitting streak
to  eight games...The  Twins  lead the  season series  against  the White  Sox
7-4...Mauer  ripped his eighth double of the year in the first inning...It was
Ramirez's  11th home run of the year...Lillibridge has homered in back-to-back
games...The  White  Sox have not  completed a sweep  of the Twins in Minnesota
since July 2004.

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