ARLINGTON, Texas -- Francisco Liriano would welcome an opportunity to face the Twins. It will happen in his first start for the White Sox on Tuesday.
"Would love to,'' Liriano said Sunday from Minneapolis, where he will join the White Sox on Monday when the Sox open a three-game series against the Twins.
Jose Quintana will pitch Monday, Liriano Tuesday and Jake Peavy on Wednesday. The Sox traded infielder Eduardo Escobar and minor-league pitcher Pedro Hernandez to the Twins for Liriano on Saturday night.
"I was very surprised,'' Liriano said. "I knew I would probably be traded but I didn't expect to go to the White Sox. That's part of baseball.''
Liriano will go into what for the short term will be a six-man rotation, giving an extra day of rest to all the starters.
"Our guys have been going at it full tilt,'' Williams said. "We needed a veteran presence.''
Sale, in his first season as a starter, and Ventura both acknowledged that Sale is experiencing some "fatigue."
"It's just something that comes up,'' Sale said. "Going through a little dead-arm period, I guess. Nothing terrible. We all feel this will benefit us, and myself getting a few extra days off so the last couple months we can really make a push and get after it.''
The Sox purchased the contract of AAA shortstop Rey Olmeda, a 31-year-old veteran, to fill Escobar's role.
Williams said another move is possible before Tuesday's trade deadline.