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Danks fans 10 in shutout of Mariners

The White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Twins on Monday, getting a near-perfect game from Zach Stewart in the nightcap, and shut out Minnesota again on Tuesday. With the team in full must-win mode as the calendar winds down and the Tigers continue to maintain their large American League Central lead, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he's been proud of his team's fight.

That fight will be put to the test on Wednesday, when lefty John Danks takes on Twins right-hander Carl Pavano in yet another key matchup for the White Sox.

"We showed up yesterday with a good attitude," Guillen said before Tuesday's 3-0 victory. "Even in Detroit, when they were beating the [tar] out of us, we showed up with a good attitude. The same thing yesterday.

"After the weekend in Detroit, we could've said, 'Well, you know what? It's over with.' But right now, I don't hear anybody complaining about playing or guys going, 'It's over with.' We have the same attitudes.

"We're still in the pennant race. I know it's going to be hard, but we're still in the pennant race, and that's why they have to take that attitude there. One thing about it is, we're not going to quit. Whether we're done or not, we're going to play the same way every day."

The Twins are not in the pennant race, but they're still home, they're still capable of spoiling teams' plans down the stretch, and Pavano might be ready to shine after a tough season.

The veteran earned his first victory since the All-Star break in his last start in Anaheim, beating the Angels, 13-5. Pavano wasn't stellar by any means, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he got the job done and was rewarded with his first victory since July 7.

"I didn't see it as a drought," Pavano said of the long time between victories. "I pitched plenty of games where I was good enough to win, but things didn't go in our or my favor. Nothing replaces the feeling of getting a win, but tonight the guys came out and scored a lot of big runs and put together great at-bats."

"I don't think I had the best stuff tonight, but good enough stuff to get some outs in some key situations."

White Sox: Danks looking for a rebound
• Danks' roller-coaster ride of 2011 took another dip in his last outing Friday night, when he allowed eight runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss in Detroit. Before that loss, he had been 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his previous three outings. Danks is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA in the second half after going 3-8 with a 4.21 ERA in the first half of the season.

• First baseman Paul Konerko is attempting to become the sixth active player with 2,000 hits and 400 home runs, joining Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome. Konerko, who has not homered in his last 60 at-bats, collected his 2,000th career hit on Aug. 23 at Los Angeles and is seven home runs short of 400.

• Outfielder Juan Pierre needs two hits to become the 14th player to record his 2,000th career hit in a White Sox uniform and second of the season (also Konerko). Pierre has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and is batting .324 (82-for-253) over his last 62.

• Left-handed batters are hitting .233 (21-for-90) against reliever Will Ohman in 2011 and .212 (125-for-590) over the course of his career.

Twins: Morneau nearing milestones
• First baseman Justin Morneau has 231 doubles and needs one more to tie Harmon Killebrew for eighth place on the Twins' all-time list. Morneau also has 185 career home runs and needs seven to tie Torii Hunter for seventh in franchise history.

• Michael Cuddyer has 407 walks and needs one free pass to tie Matt Lawton for 11th on the Twins' all-time list. His 237 doubles have him 15 shy of tying Gary Gaetti for sixth place in Twins history. Cuddyer needs one triple to pass John Castino for 10th on the club list at 34.

• Joe Nathan has converted nine consecutive save opportunities since regaining the closer's role.

Worth noting
• White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza is hitting .339 (21-for-62) with five doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last 19 games.

• The Twins' bullpen has combined to post a 1.46 ERA (two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) with just two walks and 11 strikeouts in the team's last five games.

• The Twins have scored one run over 27 innings in the first three games of the series and have been outscored 9-1. Comments