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Sale to face Twins on Friday; Floyd vs. Tigers Monday

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Rather than hold ace Chris Sale for Monday's makeup game against the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox will stick to their rotation and pitch the lefthander in the opener of a three-game series at the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Gavin Floyd, who threw 70 pitches in a promising return from the disabled list on Wednesday, will oppose Tigers right-hander Doug Fister on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Francisco Liriano, who was scheduled Friday, will go to the bullpen. Jose Quintana and Jake Peavy stay on turn Saturday and Sunday.

Sale was supposed to face Justin Verlander in Thursday's rained-out game. Verlander out-pitched him in Detroit on Sept. 2.

"I wanted to get back out there and face these guys one last time,'' Sale said. "Time before that didn't go too well, so I wanted to get back out there and get us where we needed to go. There's not much you can do in this situation. I'll get ready and head out to Minnesota."

The Sox will play the Twins with a one-game lead in the AL Central on the Tigers, who head to Cleveland for three games.

"We know we're in a good position,'' Sale said. "We just go to keep it going, keep it rolling. When it's all said and done, hopefully we'll be where we want to be."

Thursday's game, which did not get under way, was postponed after a one-hour rain delay. Both teams had an open date on their schedule Monday.

A day after Floyd struck out seven while allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings, Floyd said he felt "normal [day after] soreness" in the elbow that put him on the DL.

Game tickets and parking coupons for tonight's postponed contest will be honored at Monday's makeup game.

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