With the White Sox and Twins wrapping up four games in three days at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday afternoon, one team has seen an August waiver deal change its roster, and the other still may.
The White Sox are committed to seeing younger players on the field following the Alex Rios trade on Friday, as Twins stalwart Justin Morneau continues to swing a hot bat while his name spins in the August rumor mill.
It'll be veteran right-hander Kevin Correia on the mound for the Twins and left-hander Jose Quintana for the White Sox in the finale, after Chicago snapped a streak of five consecutive losses to the Twins in a season series that Minnesota still leads, 8-3.
Morneau's three-run homer wasn't enough to carry the Twins on Saturday, but the veteran first baseman has been doing his best work in some time during the last few weeks. Trade rumors have followed him since before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he's not fazed.
Since July 30 -- a span of 55 plate appearances -- Morneau has two doubles, six homers and 14 RBIs. In the first 96 games of the season, he had just eight homers and 53 RBIs. Morneau, who attributes his recent success to an adjustment with his hands, says his trade value is what it is, regardless of how he's hitting.
"I don't think a hot streak or a cold streak will affect that too much," Morneau said. "If there's a team that feels like I can contribute, and it's worth giving up something, then it'll happen. If not, I'm happy here."
The White Sox, meanwhile, moved on without Rios, traded to the Rangers on Friday, with Avisail Garcia getting his first start in center field on Saturday, joining an outfield that also included Jordan Danks and Blake Tekotte.
"Going forward, once you don't have Rios here, things start moving around a little bit more than before just because of changes and personnel," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "As of right now, it's there. It's subject to change, obviously."
Garcia went 1-for-4 and scored a run in his first start for the Sox, while Danks hit his second homer and Tekotte drove in a run with a sac fly.
"There is a different element to it that you have some younger guys up here that you can move around and just see what they can do," Ventura said. "This is a process of moving forward that you're kind of assessing more things than you were before."
Twins: Hoping for mound balance
The Twins only got five-plus innings from Mike Pelfrey on Saturday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was thankful young starters Kyle Gibson and Liam Hendriks delivered substantial innings in Friday's doubleheader.
"I appreciate it now, because if you get started off on the wrong foot, you really could be up a creek," he said. "If you have to go a lot of innings out of your 'pen in the first game or two, when you're playing this many in a row, it's gonna eventually get to you. ... It's very important for our starter to get into second halves of games. One outing where they get knocked out early can really stick it to you."
Correia hopes for much better results than his last time out as he makes his 23rd start of the season on Sunday. On Monday, Correia lasted just two innings against the Royals and gave up six runs. He is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
White Sox: Quintana brings quality
Although Jose Quintana has 14 no-decisions, he's arguably been the second-most consistent White Sox starter behind Chris Sale.
Quintana is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 43 strikeouts over his last seven starts, including an impressive victory over the Yankees in 6 2/3 innings his last time out. His luck against the Twins has not been as good, however. He's 0-1 with a 9.20 ERA in three starts against them, all in 2012.
• When Brian Duensing snagged both victories of Friday's doubleheader, he became the the first Twins pitcher to win twice in one day since Walter Johnson in 1923.
• The Twins, in the midst of 27 games in 27 days, will stay within the AL Central after this series concludes, playing three games at home against Cleveland starting Monday. The White Sox will host the Tigers for the opener of a three-game series Monday.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.