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CWS@MIN: Sale fans 12 over eight shutout innings

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale allowed just five hits and struck out 12 in eight shutout innings against the Twins last week, further adding to his push as an American League Cy Young candidate in 2014.

Sale is now 10-1 with a 1.88 ERA and has five double-digit strikeout games in his last 16 starts. It marked his 15th career start of 10 or more strikeouts, moving him into a tie for second place on the all-time franchise list, and Sale will almost certainly pass Ed Walsh (17) for first place.

"That's cool stuff to talk about in the offseason and stuff, and for your family and friends to talk about," Sale said. "For me personally, I just try to stay focused on what we have at hand. For me, I have a team here that needs me to help them win, and that's my job."

On Friday night, Sale will face the Twins in a rematch from this past Saturday when the two teams begin a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Left-hander Logan Darnell will hope to have better results in his second career start than he had in his first. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings on Saturday, also against the White Sox and Sale.

Twins: Twins acquire Milone from A's for Fuld
Hours before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Twins acquired left-hander Tommy Milone from the A's in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.

Milone, 27, is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 26 walks in 96 1/3 innings this season with Oakland. He is expected to report to Triple-A Rochester and first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas is expected to be promoted to the Majors from Double-A.

Fuld played in 53 games with the Twins this season, batting .274 with one home run, 10 doubles and 12 stolen bases.

White Sox: Lindstrom to begin rehab assignment Friday
Matt Lindstrom is targeting Aug. 7, when the White Sox begin a road trip in Seattle, as his possible return date.

Lindstrom, who has been out of action since May 19 with a left ankle injury, will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Charlotte, where the plan is to have him work every other day.

"We'll see how it goes down there, though. That's what we're shooting for and hoping for," he said. "A lot of it has to do just with how my stuff is, too. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on that and monitor it. We'll just go ahead and see and just take it from there."

Worth noting
• Jose Abreu is on a 20-game hitting streak, good for third all-time among rookie hitting streaks in franchise history. The White Sox first baseman has hit in 38 of his last 39 games, with his last hitless game coming July 5 against the Mariners.

• The Twins on Thursday signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract that also includes a one-year, $6 million vesting option for the 2017 season. Comments