Inside Pitch: White's Streak Snapped

White had an 11-game hit streak.

In this edition of Twins' Inside Pitch, Rondell White has his 11-game hit streak snapped, the Twins offense posts its fifth shutout, Boof Bonser enters the rotation, and much more.

The Twins' starting rotation took another turn toward next year on Wednesday, even before the team's latest loss of the season, to the Tigers, began.

Kyle Lohse (2-4, 8.92), the embattled starter off to a terrible start this season, was sent to Triple-A Rochester to pitch in the minors for the first time since joining the Twins' rotation during the 2001 season. The move came two days after the Twins demoted Carlos Silva (2-6, 8.80) to the bullpen.

Replacing those two are the minor league pitchers the team acquired along with Joe Nathan in the November 2003 trade with the Giants for catcher A.J. Pierzynski -- Francisco Liriano, who starts in place of Silva on Friday, and Boof Bonser, who starts for Lohse on Sunday.

Bonser, who led the International League with 168 strikeouts last year, is 3-2, 2.01 at Rochester this year.

"We have to get better starting pitching, and the only way I know to do that is to keep moving guys around," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"It's about a 9.00 ERA and not getting people out," he added of Lohse. "I guess if you go back to old-school baseball, that's old-school baseball. You're not getting it done; you go back (to the minors). A lot more is involved these days, but this is the bottom line here: We're trying to win."

REPLAY: The Twins finally got the starting pitching they've craved since Johan Santana last pitched, and it came from -- who else -- Santana. But despite 7 2/3 innings of shutout pitching, Santana (4-4) was tagged with the loss when Detroit catcher Vance Wilson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth for a 2-0 Tigers victory.

That sent the Twins to their fourth straight loss and sent Santana into the loss column for the first time since April 21 at Chicago. He took a three-hit shutout into the eighth and lost despite striking out 12 and walking none.

NOTES, QUOTES:

  • SS Juan Castro sat out of the lineup for the third straight game Tuesday since jamming his right pinkie and leaving Sunday's game early. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Castro could have played, if necessary, and will be back in the lineup Thursday.

  • The Twins' shutout loss Wednesday was already their fifth this season -- half their season total for last season. They weren't shut out for the fifth time last year until July 26. Three of the shutouts this year have come at the hands of the Tigers.

  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the five teams on CF Torii Hunter's list in his limited no-trade clause are the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Detroit Tigers.

  • DH Rondell White had his hitting streak halted at 11 games with an 0-for-3 game at Detroit on Wednesday night. His streak was the team's longest this season (and the longest since OF Jason Tyner hit in 12 straight last September).

  • The Twins fell to 7-16 against AL Central opponents, including 2-6 against a Detroit team they dominated for most of the past five seasons. They've lost five straight at Comerica Park.
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