MINNEAPOLIS—While general manager Ken Williams tries to pull off a last-hour trade, three of his recent acquisitions kept the White Sox in first place Wednesday night.
Behind the pitching of Gavin Floyd and the slugging of Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez, the Sox expanded their lead to 11/2 games in the AL Central with an 8-3 victory at Minnesota.
Nick Swisher, who crashed into a wall after making a catch in foul territory in right field in the eighth inning.
Executives from two teams believed Williams was trying to land a reliever before Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline.
But Floyd, acquired before the 2007 season from Philadelphia, pitched 72/3 innings of four-hit ball en route to his team-leading 11th win.
"[Floyd] made a big step," manager Ozzie Guillen said after the Sox had snapped a three-game losing streak. "We needed this game badly, just for the momentum of the club."
Floyd improved to 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA against the Twins this season.
"I think every game is a big game for me," Floyd said. "I just try to get outs and keep us in the game."
Quentin, who came from Arizona last December, hit his AL-leading 28th home run in the first inning and added a three-run double in the fourth. Ramirez, signed as a free agent last winter, cranked a three-run homer in the seventh.
Scouts from Arizona and San Francisco watched Wednesday's game, and representatives from the Cubs and St. Louis attended this series.
Despite the likes of Oakland's Huston Street and left-handers Arthur Rhodes of Seattle and Brian Fuentes of Colorado still available, the Sox seemed content with their current roster, especially retaining prized prospects like third baseman Josh Fields and pitcher Aaron Poreda.
"Nobody is going to make a bigger trade than the White Sox when we get [ Joe] Crede, [ Scott] Linebrink and [ Jose] Contreras," Guillen said. "We got three guys coming back from the disabled list, and that's the trade we're going to make."
First baseman Paul Konerko, who has full no-trade rights, added: "You can rest assured [Williams] is on top of everything. He's working on every thing from every angle. But it seems like we have the pieces."
Konerko noticed the lack of clubhouse dialogue about trades until recently, and that might have stemmed from the recent injuries.
"No one has panicked," Konerko said. "We've won games. We're still in first. Injuries ... haven't sparked a lot of debate in the clubhouse."
Konerko went 1-for-4 with a walk to raise his average to .214 but still has the support of Williams.
"Kenny has always been good to me and supportive," Konerko said.
"You don't really deal with the GM on day-to-day things. But every time I've never bumped into him, he's nothing but positive, saying something good, even if it's in passing. So I appreciate that."