American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 30th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (55-46) at Minnesota Twins (43-56), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.58)
Minnesota - Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.64)
(Sports Network) - Rookie southpaw Jose Quintana makes a second consecutive
start against the Minnesota Twins tonight when the first-place Chicago White
Sox head to Target Field to open a three-game series.
The White Sox arrive in town with a 1 1/2-game lead over the defending
champion Detroit Tigers in the American League's Central Division. Minnesota,
in fourth place among the division's five teams, is 12 games back.
Quintana, in his 13th major-league appearance and 11th start, pitched 6 1/3
innings against the Twins in Chicago on July 24 and allowed four runs on eight
hits with a strikeout in the White Sox's 11-4 triumph.
He's gotten no-decisions in all three starts since the All-Star break while
facing Minnesota, Boston and Kansas City. In his final two starts before the
break, Quintana allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 14 innings while beating the
New York Yankees and Texas.
He's unbeaten in seven games away from home this year, winning two decisions
and posting a 2.81 earned run average across 41 2/3 innings.
The Twins send rookie righty Cole De Vries to the mound for a rematch against
Quintana and the White Sox.
He pitched six innings of seven-hit, two-run ball in the July 24 game and also
got a no-decision in the Chicago win.
In one other meeting with the White Sox - in his major-league debut on May 24
- De Vries allowed three earned runs on six hits in five innings of an 11-8
He's winless in five appearances since defeating Kansas City, 5-1, on June 30
and is 1-1 in four home starts.
On Sunday in Texas, Texas starter Scott Feldman spun eight scoreless innings,
helping the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak to the White Sox with a 2-0
triumph in the finale of a three-game set.
"Any time we got anything going, he just found a way to get out of it. He got
the pitch when he needed it. You just tip your hat," White Sox manager Robin
Gavin Floyd (8-9) surrendered two runs - one earned - on seven hits and five
walks in 6 2/3 innings for the White Sox, who had their five-game winning
In Minnesota, Brian Duensing pitched six solid innings in his best start of
the season to help the Twins get past the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, to complete
a three-game sweep.
Duensing (2-6) allowed one run and five hits to win as a starter for the first
time this year. He had been dealt the loss in his first four starts of 2012,
but helped the Twins to their third sweep of 2012 on Sunday.
"It went pretty well," Duensing said. "I gave up that one run and got away
from some mechanics, but the ball was down and sinking, and the defense made
some great plays."
Justin Morneau hit his 198th career homer among three hits, and Ben Revere
drove in a pair of runs in the win for Minnesota.
The White Sox have won seven of nine games between the teams in 2012,
including the last five in a row. They swept a three-game series in Chicago
from July 23-25.
Minnesota last won the season series in 2010.
07/30 10:57:28 ET