White Sox rookie lefty Jose Quintana’s rested, relaxed
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org September 16, 2012 11:38PM
Adam Dunn blasts a solo home run in the sixth inning off Twins starter Scott Diamond. It was his 39th of the season. | Hannah Foslien~Getty Images
TIGERS AT SOX
The facts: 1:10 p.m., CSN,
The pitchers: Doug Fister (9-8, 3.49 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52).
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:21AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana is looking at his start Monday against the Detroit Tigers “as just another game.’’
“I don’t see it as putting pressure on myself,’’ Quintana said Sunday. “That’s kind of how I go about it each outing. But I know it’s an important game for us.’’
Important? No doubt.
Quintana, originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, was pushed back to give him two extra days of rest. He also had his best start in a while against the Tigers last Monday in the series opener, allowing one run, seven hits and two walks in 72/3 innings. In his previous two starts, Quintana allowed 12 runs over five innings.
While saying all season long that he feels strong despite enduring his heaviest workload as a pro, Quintana said he welcomed the extra days off.
“It actually does feel good about this time of the season to get a couple of extra days,’’ he said. “It gives your arm a little bit more strength, so I’ll feel good for [Monday].’’
Quintana has found success pounding the inside of the strike zone to right-handed hitters. After it became obvious to him that hitters adjusted by looking for pitches on the inner half, he adjusted against the Tigers and pitched away more.
“That’s one of those adjustments I made, and it kind of worked for me the last time we played them, so I’m going to go along with the same game plan,’’ he said. “I think they were looking more for the inside, so I went out, so I’m probably just going to do that again.’’
Doug Fister will start for the Tigers.
Dewayne Wise started in center field for Alejandro De Aza, who was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday. A day after Ventura said Wise could push De Aza for time in center down the stretch, Wise led off and drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies. He also doubled and lined out hard to third base.
“It is [a vote of confidence],’’ said Wise, who batted third and played left and center when Adam Dunn was out. “Whatever they need me to do. With Dunn back, he’ll probably be in there every day, which is fine. I know my role. I’ll prepare myself to be ready whenever I get back in there.’’
This and that
Ventura gave catcher A.J. Pierzynski a day off and said Alex Rios likely will get a day off in Kansas City.
“Guys are tired,’’ Ventura said. “You’re just trying to make sure they’re still strong going to the end.”
Tyler Flowers walked twice and scored two runs. Ventura pulled Rios (single, eighth triple) with a 9-2 lead after six innings.
† Dunn’s home run against Scott Diamond was his 15th against a lefty. He hit 11 homers in 2011, all against right-handers.
† The Sox are 12-2 over their last 14 games against the Twins and are 13-3 in their last 16 at Target Field.
† Tom Paciorek will fill in alongside Ken Harrelson in place of Steve Stone on Monday’s CSN broadcast as Stone observes Rosh Hashanah.