White Sox optimistic they will play

CHICAGO -- Despite overnight and morning rain, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins remain optimistic they will be able to play Thursday’s series finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

The last game of the brief season-opening homestand is scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start with White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana, prepared to face off against Twins starter Phil Hughes. The White Sox are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 1992.

Head groundskeeper Roger Bossard informed manager Robin Ventura that a weather window could be available right around game time, with another round of precipitation due later in the evening.

After the game, the White Sox depart for Kansas City to play three games over the weekend against the Royals and three more next week at Colorado before returning home for a seven-game homestand that begins April 10 against the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.