Dunn played first base on Saturday after missing seven straight games with a strained right oblique. He was 2-for-3 with a double after passing all the tests. "It's better for him to stay loose, play first base," manager Robin Ventura said before the game. Dunn was just glad to be back. "Knowing you can't do anything, it's like having your Christmas presents there and not being able to open them," he said. Peavy will be making his fifth start against the Twins this season -- actually, his last three wins have come against Minnesota, including a Sept. 5 outing in which he allowed one run on five hits over six innings. Twins: Mauer still day to day
Joe Mauer doesn't know yet when he'll return to the lineup, still bothered enough by back spasms that he missed a fifth straight game Saturday. After going through batting practice and doing some running, Mauer said he's still feeling tightness, especially while running. "It was good I was out there, but it wasn't very close to what I need to do on a field," Mauer said. When Trevor Plouffe broke up Liriano's no-hit bid with a two-run homer in the seventh Saturday, it wasn't a first for the third baseman. He broke up a bid by the Rangers' Matt Harrison in the seventh inning on Aug. 24 with a single. Worth noting
The White Sox have won 21 of the last 27 games against the Twins after losing 31 of the previous 39. Following this series, the White Sox will head home to face the pursuing Tigers on Monday in a makeup date for their rainout on Thursday. They'll then head back on the road to Kansas City to begin a series on Tuesday. The Twins have a travel day on Monday before sets of three in Cleveland and Detroit.