Abreu Slugs 30th HR To Power White Sox Past Twins 9-5
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago manager Robin Ventura is no longer surprised when Jose Abreu hits a long home run or does something else spectacular.
Abreu had two hits and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 77 RBIs -- Detroit's Miguel Cabrera began the day leading the majors with 80.
The White Sox said in research by the Elias Sports Bureau that Abreu's 89 games are the third fastest in major league history to reach 30 home runs. He also joined Tony Oliva and Jose Canseco as the only Cuban-born rookies to hit 30 homers.
Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers also homered for the White Sox. Dayan Viciedo tied a career high with four of Chicago's 17 hits.
John Danks (9-6), the subject of recent trade rumors, gave up four runs over seven innings.
Abreu drove a hanging curveball from Kevin Correia (5-13) into the bullpen in left-center field to give Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The White Sox have won six of their last nine.
Danks set down 12 batters in a row before Chris Colabello lined two-run single in the sixth.
Heading into the start, Danks was 0-6 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight games against Minnesota.
After Kurt Suzuki had a sacrifice fly in the Twins second, Ramirez opened the third with a home run off the facing of the upper deck in left.
Flowers sent a drive off the upper deck to start the seventh, one of his three hits.
Correia, also mentioned in trade speculation, lasted just four innings for the second consecutive start. Watching those balls fly over the fence and the bloopers find open space wasn't any fun for him.
"That's two bad starts in a row. I need to get on another good run here," Correia said.
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