Floyd looks for answers against nemesis

Floyd looks for answers against nemesis

Floyd looks for answers against nemesis
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.