The Twins finished the first step in their mission to overcome the White Sox last night, and in rather convincing fashion. Scott Baker tossed seven innings of one-run ball in perhaps the biggest game of his entire career while Jason Kubel bashed two homers and a triple as the Twins pounded the South-Siders 9-3 in their series opener.
It was a promising start to this crucial series, but tonight the Twins face a much more difficult challenge with Nick Blackburn facing off against Mark Buehrle. Blackburn has struggled in his last two starts and holds a 6.14 ERA in four starts against the Sox this year, but he has pitched quite well at home. Hopefully the latter trend holds up and the Twins can find a way to get to Buehrle, who has historically pitched well against them.
Round 2, tonight, 7 p.m.