Rodon faces Twins in twin bill opener

Rodon faces Twins in twin bill opener

The Twins and White Sox will begin a five-game divisional tilt with a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday. Chicago will trot out left-hander Carlos Rodon in the first game and right-hander Carson Fulmer in the nightcap. Meanwhile, Minnesota will start right-hander Tim Melville in the opener, while right-hander Dillon Gee will go in the nightcap.

Fulmer will make his first Major League start, and first big league appearance this season, when he takes the mound at 4:10 p.m. CT. Fulmer pitched in eight games with Chicago last year, allowing 11 runs across 11 2/3 innings. Rodon (1-4, 4.00 ERA) has a 2.12 ERA over his past four starts, recording 28 strikeouts and six walks across 29 2/3 frames.

Monday will mark Gee's first start with the Twins and second this season. The former Ranger has served as a long reliever with Minnesota, posting a 2.13 ERA in four outings since joining the bullpen. Melville will make his first big league appearance since April 21, 2016, when he was a member of the Reds. Melville has a 4-3 record with a 2.70 ERA in 11 outings (10 starts) for Triple-A Rochester this season.

The Twins enter the series just 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees and tied with the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot. They will face one team (Royals) with a winning record through Sept. 17.

Three things to know about this game

• This will be the Twins' second doubleheader over the past five days after splitting a twin bill with Cleveland on Thursday. Monday marks Minnesota's sixth doubleheader this season.

• Minnesota has won seven of 11 meetings with Chicago, outscoring the opposition by five runs. The White Sox and Twins will square off in eight of their next 11 games.

• Rodon has allowed at least one homer in each of his past seven games, dating back to July 9. That is tied with Corey Kluber and Taijuan Walker for the longest active streak in the Majors.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.