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KC@CWS: Floyd strikes out five over 7 2/3 scoreless

Since joining Minnesota's rotation a week and a half ago, P.J. Walters has been solid for the Twins and will try to keep it up when they open up a three-game series against the White Sox on Tuesday.

In two outings this season, Walters has turned in quality starts, going six innings and allowing two runs his first time out, and lasting 6 1/3 frames while surrendering three runs during his last performance -- a 4-3 win against the Tigers.

The only trouble Walters has encountered is that he's given up four home runs in the two starts, including three in the win against Detroit. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire attributed the homers to Walters being aggressive and attacking the strike zone.

"I don't like to give up home runs, but the offense gave me a little room to work with there, so it didn't hurt us," Walters said of his last start.

While the homers didn't cost Walters against the Tigers, that could be a different story on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field, as the White Sox have already hit 46 homers this season.

The White Sox will be starting right-hander Gavin Floyd, who had trouble with the home run during his last start, which was his worst of the season. Floyd gave up a pair of home runs during a six-inning outing against the Angels that saw the righty give up seven runs on 10 hits. It ended a streak of four straight quality starts for Floyd, who gave up four runs combined during that stretch.

Floyd has had trouble against the Twins in his career, going 4-10 with a 5.67 ERA in 15 starts, but the White Sox are playing some of their best baseball and have won a season-high-tying four straight games.

"Everybody's been doing their part," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Starting pitching, the relievers, hitters getting timely hits and playing defense. When you put those together you're going to have a good chance."

Twins: Pavano questionable for Thursday's start

• Carl Pavano's status for Thursday's game against the White Sox is uncertain, as the right-hander is dealing with a strain in the front of his throwing shoulder. The Twins will make a decision by Tuesday whether Pavano will start, or if they will use a spot starter and give the righty an extra day of rest.

White Sox: Konerko hopes to return Tuesday

• After being hit by a Jeff Samardzjia pitch in the third inning on Friday, Paul Konerko has been getting treatment for swelling above his left eye. That swelling was reduced on Sunday, and Ventura hopes to have Konerko back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Twins, following Monday's off-day.

Worth noting

The Twins are 8-13 on the road this season, and 4-1 on their current road trip. The White Sox are 7-12 at home. Comments