Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Quintana looks to keep White Sox rolling

Jose Quintana will start for the White Sox in Game 2 of this four-game set Tuesday night at the Coliseum, with a first pitch set for 10:05 p.m. ET. The A's starting pitcher was determined after a 4-3 White Sox victory on Monday night, with Chris Bassitt getting the call.
Sonny Gray, who was scratched from his planned Opening Day start with food poisoning, now will face the White Sox on Wednesday. Bassitt originally was scheduled to start Game 3 of this series, but moves up to face his old team.
Bassitt was one of the four players the White Sox sent to Oakland for right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija two offseasons ago.
Nobody should benefit more from an improved White Sox offense than Quintana. After all, Quintana has the dubious honor of 52 no-decisions since 2012, which is a number that leads all of baseball during that time. The southpaw also received a 3.62 run support average in '15, representing the second-lowest mark in the American League and sixth-lowest in the Majors.
Things to know
• White Sox manager Robin Ventura remains undecided on who will start behind the plate Tuesday, waiting for the A's to announce their starting pitcher. Dioner Navarro took over for Alex Avila on Opening Day when left-hander Rich Hill moved to the mound.
• Jimmy Rollins (37 years, 126 days) became the White Sox oldest Opening Day shortstop since Luke Appling (42 years, 17 days) in 1949.
• A's projected fifth starter Felix Doubront was placed on the disabled list Monday with a sprained left elbow and will seek a second opinion to determine his next course of action. Oakland will need to call up a starter for Friday's series opener in Seattle, and it's expected to be either left-hander Eric Surkamp or right-hander Jesse Hahn.

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