CHICAGO – The White Sox have added another arm to the bullpen after recalling right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Double-A Birmingham.
In 11 appearances (seven starts) with the Sox, Axelrod is 2-2 with a 4.93 ERA. For now, Axelrod heads to the bullpen as a long reliever though a spot start in the next week isn't out of the question.
Axelrod could help starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, who starts tonight, get additional rest during this final month of the regular season.
Quintana (5-3, 3.17 ERA) has pitched well in his seven starts at home. He is 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA and five quality starts. Left-hander Scott Diamond (10-6, 3.21) starts for the Sox.
Manager Robin Ventura sits catcher A.J. Pierzynski tonight in favor of Tyler Flowers. Pierzynski is hitting .176 in his last 15 games. Since Aug. 13 (18 games), Pierzynski has hit only one home run and driven in four runs.
The Sox have won eight straight games at home.
Twins starting lineup
1. Ben Revere, CF2. Jamey Carroll, 2B3. Joe Mauer, C4. Josh Willingham, DH5. Justin Morneau, 1B6. Ryan Doumit, LF7. Chris Parmelee, RF8. Trevor Plouffe, 3B9. Eduardo Escobar, SS
White Sox starting linuep
1. Alejandro De Aza, CF2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B3. Adam Dunn, DH4. Paul Konerko, 1B5. Alex Rios, RF6. Dayan Viciedo, LF7. Alexei Ramirez, SS8. Tyler Flowers, C9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
-- Meghan Montemurro