Saturday's 4-3 White Sox victory — the first over the Twins in seven tries this season — couldn't have come at a better time.

It may have placated, for a day at least, general manager Ken Williams, who was telling intimates he was tired of watching what was happening on the field and threatening to make massive player changes soon.

And it assured the sagging Sox of starting the All-Star break in third place ahead of the surging Twins.

But most importantly, it may have cleared the clogged confidence of the Sox for their final 10 games against their rivals, the next one coming Sunday.

The win, which came on Alexei Ramirez's two-out ninth-inning single that scored A.J. Pierzynski from second base, was the first in 10 tries against the Twins dating back to last season.

"Every time you lose, then every day you come in here, you hear about it and you read about it," said Pierzynski, a former Twin. "It starts to fester in there and then you get to a point where you almost try too hard because you want to end it, and then it just snowballs."

"To come back … that game had the same old feel of the way we had lost a lot of games to these guys."

Yes, it did, including losses Thursday and Friday.