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MIN@TEX: Pelfrey fans seven over seven strong innings

With fewer than two weeks remaining in the season, the Twins and the White Sox have had ample opportunity to evaluate their young players before heading into the offseason.

Minnesota's Alex Presley, Josmil Pinto and Chris Hermann and Chicago's Leury Garcia, Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley are all young players who have seen extended action over the season's final weeks.

Many of those rising stars could be in the lineup on Tuesday night when the White Sox host the Twins, some of them at the expense of the team's more veteran players.

"This is part of where you're at and what we need to do from this point," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It doesn't always make it easy, but it's something, with the guys who are up here, we need to be able to have them play and make evaluations."

Semien, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, is one of the young hitters who have made an impact for Ventura. He's hitting .333 since being called up on Sept. 4 and has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats

Presley, 28, has been even more impressive for the Twins. He's hitting .301 with a home run and seven RBIs since being acquired from the Pirates for Justin Moreneau on Aug. 31.

The outfielder will look to help the Twins get back to form against the White Sox on Tuesday. Minnesota has hit 24 home runs -- 11 of them at U.S. Cellular Field -- while going 10-7 against Chicago this season, but the White Sox scored seven first-inning runs and hit four home runs en route to a 12-1 blowout over the Twins on Monday night.

"We've had some good games here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "This is an exciting place. It's loud. The ball flies. But I don't know why we swing so well here other than the fact we get a lot of opportunities to play here over the course of the year."

Twins: Pelfrey hopes to finish out the season in rotation
The Twins have been monitoring starter Mike Pelfrey down the stretch, as the right-hander is coming off  2012 Tommy John surgery.

Pelfrey was shelled by the A's in his last time out, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over three innings in a lopsided loss. For the season, he is 5-12 with a 5.31 ERA.

The right-hander has struggled against the White Sox this season, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA over four starts against them.

"I would like to finish the season," Pelfrey said. "I always take pride in taking the ball every fifth day. Whatever I end up getting to is what I end up getting to."

White Sox: Quintana looks to earn elusive victory
Jose Quintana has a 3.03 ERA over his past five starts, and he threw seven scoreless innings against the American League Central-leading Tigers in his last outing on Wednesday. But he has no wins to show for it.

Quintana is the Major League leader with 17 no-decisions, which is a single-season franchise record.

The left-hander is 7-6 with a 3.56 ERA, and he's 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA against the Twins.

"That doesn't affect me at all," Quintana said after his no-decision against the Tigers on Wednesday. "It was a close game. We faced a very good pitcher. I don't control the results. I control what I go out and do."

Worth noting
• After scoring just seven runs over their previous six games, the White Sox scored seven runs in the first inning Monday night.

• Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a .500 lifetime hitter (5-for-10) with two home runs and five RBIs against Quintana.

• White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-4 on Monday with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.

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