De Aza hits 2 HRs as White Sox beat Twins 5-3

CHICAGO - Alejandro De Aza hit two homers and Jose Abreu had two hits in his major league debut to back Chris Sale and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 season-opening victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

Sale got the win, pitching five-hit ball into the eighth.

Paul Konerko got a loud ovation before what was likely his final opener, although he wasn't in the lineup. The White Sox started the season with a win after losing 99 games last season.

Abreu doubled on the first pitch he saw leading off the second inning against Ricky Nolasco and scored on De Aza's two-run homer to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

He also drove in the go ahead run with a single during a two-run third after Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki tied it with a two-run single in the top half.

Suzuki later added another RBI in the 8th. He finished 2-4 in his Twins' debut. Chris Colabello and Aaron Hicks each had two hits on the day.

Nolasco gave up five runs in six innings in the Twins' Opening Day loss. He allowed 10 hits, walked two and struck out four.


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