The White Sox lineup has been a lot like Chicago's weather lately, cold and unpredictable.
Friday marked the sixth time in U.S. Cellular Field history a home game was postponed because of low temperatures. The last postponement also came against Minnesota in 2008, but this year it followed a frigid offensive performance from Chicago in a 3-1 loss on Thursday.
The White Sox wasted a seven-inning gem from Chris Sale, logging just four hits in their series finale with the Blue Jays. The South Siders' bats may not need to generate much offense on Saturday, as Jake Peavy returns to the mound following a strong performance against Cleveland on Sunday.
Peavy was dominant through seven innings at Progressive Field, allowing one run and reaching double-digit strikeouts (11) for the 32nd time in his career. The right-hander also didn't allow a walk and owns a 6-3 record with a 3.03 career ERA through 68 1/3 innings against the Twins.
The Twins will counter with Vance Worley, who has struggled in his three starts. The right-hander will try to bounce back after turning in one of the worst outings of his career against the Mets on April 12.
Worley allowed nine runs (seven earned) through one inning for the shortest outing of his career. He owns the highest ERA among Twins starters this season at 10.50. Needless to say, he'll have a lot of ice to shake off as both he and his teammates try to get some rhythm back.
"It's never really good to have that many off-days, especially when you bang a game this time -- you're going to play a lot of games in a row later," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Somewhere you're going to pay. But you can't fight this weather. It is what it is. But you'll be playing in better weather, which is a good thing. But the pitching gets a little out of whack here."
Twins: Mauer sharp in streak
• Peavy will have his work cut out for him against Joe Mauer, who brings a nine-game hitting streak into Saturday's contest. On Monday and Tuesday, Mauer had four hits in consecutive games for just the second time in his career.
"We'll just call it normal," Gardenhire said. "He's just getting hits. He's just on one of those streaks where it's pretty amazing to see that many hits coming each night. But he's pretty consistent with what he does."
Mauer is 7-for-26 (.269) with one homer and four RBIs against Peavy.
• With Aaron Hicks working through a slump, Gardenhire planned to use Brian Dozier in the leadoff spot for the second straight night Wednesday before the game was postponed. Following their second straight postponed game Friday, Gardenhire will have some tough lineup decisions to make Saturday.
"Our preference is to have Hicks be our leadoff man and go from there," Gardenhire said. "But we moved him down to allow him to have some quality at-bats and not think too much and swing."
Hicks is hitting .044 (2-for-45), and said he's starting to feel better at the plate. The center fielder has drawn three walks in his last five plate appearances, including two in his last game.
"It's important to be comfortable and be relaxed and I feel like the last few games I've had some good at-bats," Hicks said. "That's what I have to do."
White Sox: Viciedo expects quick return
• Dayan Viciedo left Thursday's contest against the Blue Jays after experiencing an oblique strain following a swing. The right-hander was re-evaluated Friday but said he doesn't expect to be placed on the disabled list.
"I don't think so," he said through interpreter Lino Diaz. "I don't think it's that bad."
Viciedo recorded one of Chicago's two hits off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in their loss Thursday.
• The White Sox lineup has shown some flexibility lately, as Dewayne Wise led off and started in center field in place of Alejandro De Aza for their last game against the Blue Jays. De Aza, who is batting .230 with three homers and eight RBIs, will be available as a pinch-hitter or in a late-game substitution.
• Paul Konerko has started the past seven games at designated hitter, including all four this week at Toronto's Rogers Centre, which features artificial turf. Manager Robin Ventura plans to get Konerko back at first base, where Adam Dunn has been taking his place.
"I just didn't want Paul on the turf," Ventura said. "It just seems to create problems every time guys get on the turf."
Dunn made a costly error at first base in Thursday's loss.
• The White Sox have won four straight and seven of eight against Minnesota. Chicago took the season series last year, 14-4. No makeup date for Thursday's opener has been set.
• Following Friday's postponement, the Twins have already racked up three postponed games this season. The first was Minnesota's postponed home game last Sunday against the Mets, followed by their halted finale with the Angels last Wednesday.