De Vries will try to keep his success going when he faces the White Sox for the second time in a week Monday night at Target Field. The Twins enter the game fresh off a three-game sweep of the Indians, but they just lost three straight games to Chicago last week.
De Vries has certainly been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season for the Twins. He has left the game with a lead in three of his last four outings, but he doesn't have a win in any of those games. De Vries is 2-2 with a 3.64 ERA in eight starts on the season.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about De Vries' season has been the competition he's pitched against. In his last five starts, De Vries has faced the White Sox, Orioles, A's, Rangers and Tigers -- all teams with records above .500.
"I've been able to have a few strong outings against some very good hitting teams," De Vries said. "Hopefully, I can just continue to go on that path, and if possible eat up a few more innings to keep our bullpen better rested."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's been impressed with De Vries' consistency throughout the season.
"He's given us a lot of quality performances," Gardenhire said. "He's the one that's done the work, and he's put himself in a good position in this organization by going out and getting it done on the mound. That's what you have to do. When people doubt you, or you're not a so-called top prospect through the Minor Leagues, you have to out-perform people."
The White Sox will counter with their own surprising rookie, left-hander Jose Quintana. Quintana got a win against the Twins in his last outing, but he didn't pitch particularly well. He allowed four runs -- including two home runs -- over 6 1/3 innings, while striking out only one and walking one. Both homers Quintana allowed came against Josh Willingham.
"Willingham got him twice. But other than that, he's in every game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after the game. "That's one of the things he does. He finds a way to work through a lineup and Willingham got him, but we wish we could have got him a win."
Quintana has allowed four or more runs in three of his last four starts after allowing no more than two runs in any of his first eights outings. He is 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 13 starts this season.
Twins: Revere extends hitting streak to 12 games
Right fielder Ben Revere extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the fifth inning of Sunday's 5-1 win against the Indians. Revere went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in the game.
During the streak, Revere has hit .340 (18-for-53) with three doubles, nine RBIs and six stolen bases. He is batting .315 with 20 RBIs in 66 games this season.
The Twins will recall right-hander Jeff Manship from Triple-A Rochester prior to Monday's game to take the roster spot of Francisco Liriano, who was traded to the White Sox on Saturday and will start Tuesday night against his former team. Manship posted a 10.97 ERA over 10 2/3 innings in eight appearances during his first stint with the Twins.
White Sox: Pierzynski to return to lineup on Monday
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is expected to return to the White Sox lineup on Monday night after missing the last five games with a mild right oblique strain.
Pierzynski will catch Monday and Tuesday night at Target Field, and then have Wednesday afternoon off to give him a two-day break with Thursday's scheduled off-day.
"I obviously want to play. I keep telling Robin I want to play. He keeps telling me go away basically," said a smiling Pierzynski. "Yeah, it's kind of like I got another All-Star break here. But at the same time, I see both sides of it and I also understand there's a long way to go.
"Hurting it worse wouldn't do anybody any good. Just get it back to where we are over that hump and I can go four or five or six days in a row if I have to. Robin and everyone know that I can play. But they are trying to be extra cautious with two months left."
Designated hitter Adam Dunn is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games.
White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is hitting .323 (96-for-297) with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 78 career games against the Twins.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer is hitting .323 (142-for-439) with 32 doubles, 13 homers and and 68 RBIs in 113 career games against the White Sox.
The Twins had five stolen bases in Sunday's win against the Indians. They had only 69 steals in the first 100 games of the season.