The Twins are just happy to be on schedule again. Minnesota has had three games postponed in the last week -- including Friday's series opener against the White Sox -- and will go into Sunday's finale with a logjam in its rotation. Scott Diamond, who hasn't pitched since his season debut on April 13, will be matched against Chicago's Gavin Floyd on Sunday.
Diamond, a southpaw, underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his pitching elbow in December, and that put him a bit behind schedule in Spring Training. The 27-year-old didn't pitch in his first spring game until March 19, and he took the loss in his season debut against the Mets. And then came further delay, thanks to the weather.
The Twins and Mets were rained out last Sunday, causing a ripple effect in the rotation. Minnesota was rained out again Wednesday night against the Angels, and an off-day on Thursday conspired to keep the starting staff in flux. And then came third postponement Friday night, which meant that both Vance Worley and Diamond had to be pushed back again.
"A guy like Diamond is more of a concern, because he was on a routine," said manager Ron Gardenhire. "He came into Spring Training behind with the surgery and on the routine, and now this is going on the eighth day. That wasn't planned, but what are you gonna do? ... It's more of a concern that he'll be able to find it than anybody else on the staff."
Floyd, meanwhile, has been hit progressively harder in his first three starts. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two earned runs in his season debut, but the White Sox lost a 3-1 game to the Royals that day. Floyd pitched into the sixth and allowed five earned runs in his next start, and he got knocked out of the game in the fifth inning in his third outing.
Offense was at a premium in Saturday's game, as both starters worked seven innings and allowed one earned run. That was a bit of vindication for the Twins and Worley, who had given up seven earned runs in just one inning his last time out. Gardenhire was asked Saturday if he had considered juggling the rotation, and he said that wouldn't have been fair.
"No, because then you screw the other guy," said Gardenhire of starting Diamond earlier. "All of them are getting about the same treatment. We just try to keep them in order as best we possibly can and get them back pitching and hopefully we won't have to deal with this any more. You're gonna get a rainout here and there, but all at once is a little bit tough."
The Twins scored in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox on Saturday, and they've won three straight to get back to .500 following a five-game losing streak. The White Sox are 3-3 in their last six games, and they're 1 1/2 games behind the Twins. The American League Central has a two-way tie at the top, and Minnesota will go into Sunday just a half-game out of first place.
Twins: Perkins closing the door
Southpaw Glen Perkins has been formidable in five of his six appearances this season, and he's managed to bounce back from his only tough night at the office. Perkins has thrown two straight scoreless outings after getting dinged for two runs in a blowout loss to the Mets, and he's managed to notch a save in each of his four opportunities this season.
Perkins was perfect in his first three outings -- three innings, no hits or walks -- and rewarded with two saves and a victory. He wound up sitting idle for four days after that, perhaps explaining why he was touched up by the Mets. Perkins came back to get the last two outs in an 8-6 victory over the Angels, and he faced four batters and retired three in Saturday's victory.
White Sox: Dunn as cold as the weather
Adam Dunn is off to another slow start. Dunn is batting .098 with 23 strikeouts in 61 at-bats this season, an echo to the start he had in 2011, his first year with the White Sox. Chicago's designated hitter batted .160 in April and for the first half two years ago, but he came back to hit .231 for the season's first month and .204 with 41 home runs for the season in 2012.
Dunn, for years one of the game's most consistent players, has truly been an enigma with the White Sox. The 33-year-old veteran batted .250 with 354 home runs in his first 10 seasons with three National League teams (Cincinnati, Arizona and Washington), but he's fallen off to a .179 average with 54 home runs in his first 289 games with the White Sox.
• Despite Saturday's loss, the White Sox have won 12 of the last 15 and 22 of their last 29 games against the Twins.
• Fifteen of Chicago's 17 games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. The White Sox are 4-5 in one-run games, 1-2 in two-run games and 1-2 in three-run games.
• The Twins will play host to Miami and Texas at Target Field next week.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.