Thursday, April 14, 2016

Latos, Santana to face off in series finale

Mat Latos hopes to prove the regular season is much different than Spring Training when he starts for Chicago in the finale of the three-game series at Minnesota, looking for the sweep.
The veteran right-hander makes his second start, after holding the A's to one hit over six scoreless innings. Latos had struggled mightily over his three Cactus League starts.
Said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Wednesday: "It's funny, though, I was sitting with [Jim] Thome at some point toward the end of spring, and he reiterated the old axiom: Don't fall too in love with a young player or too out of love with a veteran player in Spring Training. And I thought of that the other day when I was watching Mat throw in Oakland."
The Twins, seeking their first win of 2016, will counter with right-hander Ervin Santana (0-0, 2.25 ERA), who will be making his third start. Santana went six innings and allowed two earned runs in his last outing at Kansas City.
Things to know about this game
• Minnesota is looking to snap its longest losing streak in a single season since May 14-24, 2013, when it lost 10 straight. The franchise mark for a winless start to a season dates back to the 1904 Washington Senators, who started the season 0-13-1.
• The White Sox have the most quality starts in baseball over the last two seasons at 104.
• Tyler Saladino will start at shortstop for Chicago. Avisail Garcia also will return to the lineup.

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