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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago manager Robin Ventura is no longer surprised when Jose Abreu hits a long home run or does something else spectacular. Custom Astros Jerseys . Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night. "I think were past the point of unexpected with him," Ventura said. "You just expect him to be in the middle of things when its happening." Abreu had two hits and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 77 RBIs -- Detroits Miguel Cabrera began the day leading the majors with 80. Fellow slugger and teammate Adam Dunn is even more impressed with Abreu than his manager. "Baseballs been around a long time and theres been a lot of rookies come up but for him to do what hes done, I dont think anybody expected that," Dunn said. "Am I surprised by it? Not really." The White Sox said in research by the Elias Sports Bureau that Abreus 89 games are the third fastest in major league history to reach 30 home runs. He also joined Jose Canseco and Tony Oliva as the only Cuban-born rookies to hit 30 homers. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers also homered for the White Sox. Dayan Viciedo tied a career high with four of Chicagos 17 hits. John Danks (9-6), the subject of recent trade rumours, gave up four runs over seven innings. Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham homered for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of its last 13 home games. Abreu drove a hanging curveball from Kevin Correia (5-13) into the bullpen in left-centre field to give Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first inning. "The ball was flying everywhere. Bloops, blasts, the whole package," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. The White Sox have won six of their last nine. Danks set down 12 batters in a row before Chris Colabello lined two-run single in the sixth. Heading into the start, Danks was 0-6 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight games against Minnesota. An early three-run blast from Abreu sure helps in forgetting about some of those trade rumours. "I dont get caught up in any of that, I really dont," Danks said. "Ive heard some things about the rumours and stuff out there. I have no control over that. Im going to be in Chicago hopefully my whole career, but if something happens well cross that bridge when we get there." After Kurt Suzuki had a sacrifice fly in the Twins second, Ramirez opened the third with a home run off the facing of the upper deck in left. Flowers sent a drive off the upper deck to start the seventh, one of his three hits. Correia, also mentioned in trade speculation, lasted just four innings for the second consecutive start. Watching those balls fly over the fence and the bloopers find open space wasnt any fun for him. "Thats two bad starts in a row. I need to get on another good run here," Correia said. NOTES: Twins star Joe Mauer began hitting soft toss in the batting cage as he works his way back from an oblique strain. ... Viciedo has three four-hit games in his career. ... The Twins recalled LHP Logan Darnell to make his first big league start on Saturday in place of the injured Kyle Gibson (back). Gibson hopes to start Tuesdays game in Kansas City. Darnell will face All-Star Chris Sale (9-1, 2.03). ... To make room for Darnell, Minnesota optioned SS Jorge Polanco to Double-A New Britain. Kent Emanuel Jersey . The Bruins forward has been fined $5,000 by the National Hockey League for spearing Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser in the groin. Cesar Geronimo Jersey .Y. -- Kristen Gillman rallied to win the U.ATLANTA - The streaking Atlanta Hawks made it look easy against the Washington Wizards.At this point, I dont think weve played a better game, guard Kyle Korver said. We had that 6-minute stretch in the second quarter, but otherwise thats about as good as weve done this year.Korver scored 19 points and DeMarre Carroll added 16 to help the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks win their eighth straight game, 120-89 over Washington on Sunday.Improving to 16-3 at home and 29-8 overall, the Hawks got 15 points from Al Horford and 11 each from Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Mike Scott. Teague finished with a game-high 10 assists.Atlanta has won 13 of 14 and 22 of 24. It leads the Eastern Conference this late in the season for the first time in 21 years.Aggressively defending Washington from the opening tipoff, the Hawks kept the sellout crowd — their fourth in the last five home games — engaged throughout.This is my eighth year, and Ive never seen us like this besides the playoffs, Horford said. I feel like the fans are starting to come out, theyre starting to believe and its exciting to see. We have a good team and we need their support.John Wall had 15 points for Washington and Nene added 14. The Wizards were outscored 33-12 in the fourth quarter. They won their previous three games, but allowed a season-high margin of victory for Atlanta.Korver was 5 for 7 from 3-point range, improving his NBA-leading percentage to 50.2. His smoothest move, however, was a behind-the-back pass to Carroll for a layup and a 64-54 lead in the third.Well, I was thinking abouut trying to dunk it and then I saw John Wall, Korver said, smiling. Taylor Jones Jersey. Ive seen too many highlights of him getting blocks from behind. Its just one of those things where I was up in the air — it wasnt very long — but it was long enough to know I wasnt going to get the dunk.The Wizards, who never led, pulled within two points on Walls 20-footer with 5:46 left in the third quarter. They nearly rallied from a 20-point deficit by stepping in the Hawks passing lanes, blocking their paths to the basket and limiting their offensive rebounds.But Washingtons aggressive movement on defence all but stopped at that point, and Atlanta raced to a 108-85 lead with 5:47 left on Scotts fast-break dunk.The Hawks scored 31 points off 20 Washington turnovers.They cause turnovers, they cause deflections, they stay within their principles and they just run, Wizards forward Paul Pierce said. They keep coming offensively. They shoot the ball, they keep moving. They had better discipline than us tonight.The Wizards dropped four games behind Atlanta in the Southeast Division and fell to 1-12 at Philips Arena since Jan. 11, 2008.Kevin Seraphin added 13 points for Washington. Bradley Beal had 12, Pierce 11 and Marcin Gortat 10.TIP-INSWizards: Dropped to 3-8 on the road when giving up 100 or more points.Hawks: After going 16 for 31 on 3-point attempts, the Hawks have made 52 treys and are shooting over 49 per cent beyond the arc over their last four games.UP NEXTWizards: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.Hawks: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday night. ' ' '