MINNEAPOLIS -- No American League team has victimized Gavin Floyd more than the Minnesota Twins.
Going into Floyd's start Tuesday night, Minnesota was hitting a combined .314 (124-for-395) against the right-hander, the highest mark among AL squads. Floyd had a 4-11 mark with a 6.29 ERA in 16 starts against the Twins.
"I think it's for him to spot better and have better control more than it is to have that mindset that 'They have my number and I have to try and do something,'" White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He just needs to be sharper."
Floyd didn't fare well in his previous start against Minnesota this season. He was shelled for nine runs on eight hits in only 3 2/3 innings on May 22 in Chicago.
But going into Tuesday's start, Ventura was more concerned with his team's run production. The White Sox had been held to one run or less in three of their last four games.
"We need to play some better defense," Ventura said. "And we need to score some runs before we worry about what [Floyd's] doing."Floyd eased any concerns with seven shutout innings in a 3-2 victory to end an eight-start losing streak against the Twins. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts and allowed just five hits while not issuing a walk.
Youkilis just trying to settle in with new club
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a whirlwind few days, life is finally slowing down a little bit for Kevin Youkilis.
Chicago's new third baseman said he woke up tired on Tuesday, but it was nothing a nap didn't fix. The past 24 hours provided Youkilis with a sense of stability.
"I think being here and just going to the hotel and coming to the field -- having a normal 24 hours -- I think it's a lot easier to just concentrate on playing," he said.
Youkilis went 1-for-4 with a single on Monday in his White Sox debut. He saw a total of 23 pitches in his four at-bats. Manager Robin Ventura started him at third base and slotted him second in the batting order again on Tuesday.
"Youk battled," Ventura said. "He sees a lot of pitches and fouls stuff off. That stuff will carry over to the rest of the lineup."
After playing with the Red Sox since 2004, distancing himself from his old club isn't exactly easy. It's a work in progress that Youkilis takes seriously.
"I'm kind of trying each day to push it away because this is my new team," Youkilis said. "My old team -- I can still keep in contact with those guys and stay friends with them. But it's not my team anymore. It's good to be in first place, rather than at the bottom."
Youkilis is already on the good side of his new club's most prominent fan -- President Barack Obama. Obama thanked a Boston crowd for Youkilis during a campaign speech on Monday.
"It's probably a better way to get mentioned by the President than other ways," Youkilis said. "So it's a good thing."
Ventura not concerned about Dunn's funk
MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn has recently slipped into a slump, but manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll snap it soon.
After an 0-for-4 showing in Tuesday's 3-2 win, Dunn has only two hits in his last 33 at-bats, spanning nine games. The 32-year-old struck out in 20 of those at-bats, including all four of his at-bats in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Twins. He has struck out in seven of last 10 at-bats.
The source of the funk may lie in Dunn's approach, Ventura said before Tuesday's game.
"Right now, just pulling too many pitches," Ventura said. "Early in the year he was hitting a lot of balls to center field. You can get into that thing where you try to hit home runs every time you go up instead of just play and hit."
Dunn is hitting .208 with 23 home runs -- third most in the American League. He is a year removed from hitting a career-low .159 with 11 homers.
"I don't think it's anything like last year," Ventura said. "It's just one of those you just have to work through. I'm not worried about him falling back into what he had last year. It's just a little funk like everybody else goes through during the course of the year."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.