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White Sox lefty call-up Jose Quintana impresses Robin Ventura


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Updated: June 9, 2012 8:13AM

CLEVELAND — How good was left-hander Jose Quintana after getting called up as a 26th man on doubleheader day?

In his major-league debut on Monday afternoon, the 23-year-old from Colombia pitched 52/3 scoreless innings, certainly well enough to be considered for the open spot in the rotation vacated by Chris Sale.

A new rule allows teams to add an extra player for doubleheaders, but Quintana must go back to the minors. He could be back soon, however.

“I was a little bit tense, but as it went along, I started to relax a little more,’’ said Quintana, who walked two of the first three batters he faced in relief of Philip Humber before holding the Indians to one hit after that.

“He was coming in to limit the damage and did more than that,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “He was keeping them off-balance, and he was composed.’’

It’s not unusual for pitchers to have great results in debuts because hitters have no book on them. And the Indians had loaded their lineup with all lefties or switch hitters for Humber, “but you bring a guy in and look at the circumstances … he pitched like he’s been around,” Ventura said.

On the run

Brent Lillibridge is among the league leaders in stolen bases, a rare achievement for a part-time player.

“I know I can run; the joke has always been that I have to get to first base first,’’ said Lillibridge, a .161 hitter who gets over there as a pinch runner, too. “Just trying to get on base and put some pressure on the defense.’’

Lillibridge has seven steals in eight attempts.

“It’s just waiting on a pitch or something I see or a feeling — don’t want to give away all my secrets,’’ he said. “I don’t just run to run.’’

Lillibridge started at third base for the second consecutive day in Game 1 of the doubleheader. After getting his first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the second game.

Odds and ends

Right-hander Nestor Molina, acquired from the Blue Jays in the Sergio Santos trade, was promoted to Charlotte. Molina allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings in his Class AAA debut Monday night. Molina was 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA in six starts at Birmingham.

Dayan Viciedo (bruised right elbow) pinch-hit in Game 1 and started Game 2 as the designated hitter. Adam Dunn started at first, and Paul Konerko was available to pinch-hit in the night game.

John Danks, who starts Tuesday, said his right ankle is fine after he cut it kicking a trash can in frustration after his last outing.

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