American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 30th
(All times eastern)
Chicago White Sox (28-22) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-21), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.54)
Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (2-0, 2.25)
(Sports Network) - Jose Quintana tries to follow up his first major league win
this evening when the Chicago White Sox conclude a three-game series with the
Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Quintana beat the Cleveland Indians on Friday, holding them to a pair of runs
and four hits in six innings. He had held them scoreless over 5 2/3 innings in
his big league debut, but the lefty did not factor in the decision of that
"The way [Quintana] pitched in Cleveland kind of got him this start, but he
has a lot of composure," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Kind of
reminds you, or for me anyway, of Wilson Alvarez. He just kind of has a
similar delivery and mannerisms. He's a little more mature than you'd think he
was even though he's coming out of Double-A, but it's exactly what we needed."
Tampa will counter with an impressive young hurler of its own in righty Alex
Cobb, who has won both of his starts this season and has allowed just three
earned runs in 12 innings in doing so. Cobb beat the Boston Red Sox on Friday,
limiting them to an earned run in five innings.
Even the return of Hideki Matsui couldn't slow down Chicago on Tuesday, as the
White Sox scored five times in the sixth inning and rolled to their season-
high seventh straight win with a 7-2 win.
"They just kept grinding," Ventura said. "You chip away and you chip away, and
you finally kind of break through. ... It's the continuous effort of going up
there with the same intent, and it finally pays off."
Philip Humber (2-2) earned his first win since his perfecto back on April 21,
while Dayan Viciedo ended with three hits, including a home run for the White
Sox, who have now homered in 15 straight games. That's the longest streak for
the White Sox since April 21-May 4, 2004, and tied for the third-longest in
club history. The record of 17 straight was set in 2000.
The White Sox, who have won 11 of their last 12 and 15 of 20, are now in sole
possession of first place in the American League Central. Ventura also has his
club six games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2010 season.
With another win today Chicago would have its first eight-game run since a
nine-game tear from July 4-15, 2010.
Matsui, meanwhile, returned to the big leagues in smashing fashion, as he
homered in his second at-bat.
"It was nice to hit the home run," Matsui said. "We lost the game, but from a
personal standpoint, it was nice to be able to get that first home run in that
moment. ... I think, overall, everything was pretty good from my standpoint."
Chicago hasn't swept the Rays in a three-game set at Tropicana Field since
June 26-28, 2007.
05/30 10:31:57 ET