Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tomlin, Quintana set to face off in finale

The Indians will face a familiar foe on Sunday in the finale of a three-game divisional set at U.S. Cellular Field. On the mound for the White Sox will be lefty Jose Quintana, who has been a thorn in Cleveland's side in his career.
Quintana, who will be making his second start of the young season, has gone 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 career meetings (80 1/3 innings) with the Indians. That includes a pair of wins to go along with a 0.82 ERA in his three outings against Cleveland last season.
The lefty will have a chance to send Chicago to a series win, following a split of the past two games against the Indians.
Quintana will be opposed by Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, who was named the fifth starter to open this season. Due to an early-season off-day and a pair of postponements, Tomlin has not pitched for Cleveland since March 29. In that final spring tuneup, the righty struck out 10 and walked none in six scoreless innings against the Mariners. He went 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts for Cleveland last year.
Things to know about this game
• The Indians faced a left-handed starter in three of their first four games, pushing rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin to the bench. Sunday will present another southpaw in Quintana. Manager Terry Francona noted that Naquin could be used as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement on days he does not start. Last year between Double-A and Triple-A, Naquin hit .313 (243 at-bats) against righties and .262 (84 at-bats) against lefties.
• In his season debut on Tuesday in Oakland, Quintana allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, in which he struck out seven and issued no walks. As White Sox fans have become accustomed to hearing, though, the lefty picked up a no-decision for his effort. He leads the Majors with 53 no-decisions since 2012.
• White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was away from the team on Saturday and is not expected to be back on Sunday. His wife went into labor on Saturday with their first child. With Tomlin on the hill, J.B. Shuck might get the nod in place of Eaton, as was the case for Saturday's game.

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