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CWS@MIN: Floyd fans nine, blanks the Twins over seven

White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd and Yankees righty Phil Hughes both seem to have hit their stride of late. Each will try to avoid a stumble on Sunday, when the White Sox and Yankees -- leading the American League Central and East, respectively, meet in the finale of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

New York will be going for a split after earning a 4-0 victory on Saturday that snapped Chicago's four-game winning streak. Still, the White Sox have won seven of their last 10.

Floyd, 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA, has shrugged off a turbulent six-start stretch during which he produced a 10.38 ERA; he has now put together back-to-back stellar outings, tossing 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in that span.

On Tuesday against the Twins, Floyd tied a season high with nine strikeouts in seven innings and said afterward that he had command of all of his pitches on both sides of the plate.

"A guy that has his stuff, it's [about] spotting it better," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think just having better command and not getting balls in the middle of the plate [is the difference]. Tonight, he was able to stay away from the middle of the plate and work his way out of innings."

Hughes, 8-6 with a 4.48 ERA, was on a roll in his five June starts, going 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 32-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On Tuesday against the Indians, he threw eight scoreless innings and held the opposition without a home run for the second time this season -- both in June.

"My fastball was good; I threw some good curveballs when I needed to," Hughes said afterward. "That's the first time I've ever seen an all-left-handed lineup before, and I'm pretty comfortable with my fastball going in to lefties. I did that a lot, and things worked out."

Due to the 66th Old-Timers' Day game at Yankee Stadium, the series finale will start an hour later than normal, at 2:05 p.m. ET. Nearly 50 fan favorites who once donned pinstripes are expected to be a part of the celebration, from Don Larsen and Ron Guidry to Bernie Williams and Joe Torre. Ceremonies are scheduld to begin at 11:15 a.m.

White Sox: Strong into the break
• Chicago won two of three games in Minnesota to start its current road trip, then the first two games of the series at Yankee Stadium, pushing the club's AL Central lead to 3 1/2 games over the Indians entering Saturday.

"Go to Minnesota and win two, and then we know we came here and at least won the first two," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said before Saturday's game. "So we're in a good position to win one of the next two and win the series and have a great road trip, then go home and hopefully have a good homestand."

The White Sox will have Monday off before hosting the Rangers and Blue Jays for three games apiece at U.S. Cellular Field. Those series will lead the club into the All-Star break. At that point last season, the Sox were third in their division, five games out of first place.

• Reliever Jesse Crain last pitched on June 23 and remained unavailable for Saturday's game due to soreness in the back of his right shoulder. The righty, who has a 2.38 ERA in 24 games, could hit the disabled list on Sunday or Monday, leaving lefty Matt Thornton as the bullpen's only veteran.

Yankees: Looking for fresh arms
• Following Friday's 14-7 loss to the White Sox, in which they summoned outfielder Dewayne Wise to the mound to record the final two outs of the ninth inning, the Yankees turned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for bullpen depth.

New York called up righty D.J. Mitchell for his second stint this season with the big league club and demoted Friday's starter, Adam Warren. Mitchell allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings with the Yankees in April and May, and he had a 5.36 ERA as a starter at Triple-A.

"Early in the year, I started off really well," Mitchell said. "I kind of hit a bump in the road earlier this month and in late May, but the last start, I kind of figured some things out and started to get back on track, so hopefully I can carry it over to here."

• Reliever Cory Wade's 2 1/3-inning, 58-pitch outing on Friday is having some lasting effects. The righty was unavailable on Saturday, and manager Joe Girardi said he'll likely remain so on Sunday.

Worth noting
• Hughes tossed six shutout innings against the White Sox last Aug. 2 and sports a 0.75 ERA in 24 career innings against them.

• In his only start at the new Yankee Stadium, Floyd held New York to two runs on four hits while striking out 10 in a win last April.

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