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Saturday, June 1st (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (24-28) at Oakland Athletics (32-24), 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.75) Oakland - Dan Straily (3-2, 5.08)

(Sports Network) - Two teams heading in opposite directions will clash heads yet again on Saturday afternoon when the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics continue a three-game series at O.co Coliseum.

Bartolo Colon was spectacular in the series' first game on Friday night, as he blanked the White Sox with a complete-game shutout. Colon allowed just five hits and struck out five without walking a batter to help the Athletics win for the seventh time in the last eight games.

It looked like Colon's efforts might go to waste until the eighth inning when Josh Reddick broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double. Coco Crisp then had a two- run single to further extend Oakland's lead.

Dylan Axelrod went seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out seven but still took the loss for Chicago. The White Sox have now dropped four-straight contests.

The consistent Jose Quintana will be on the mound for the White Sox when he makes his 11th start of the campaign.

At 3-2 with an ERA of 3.75 Quintana isn't exactly lighting it up, but his ability to give the White Sox solid innings has made him an important part of the rotation.

In six of his 10 starts Quintana has gone at least six innings including in four-straight contests. His most recent appearance wasn't his best, as the right-hander allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over six innings of work. The White Sox lost that contest, 7-0, to the cross-town rival Cubs.

This is just the second season of Quintana's brief career and in that time the 24-year-old has yet to pitch against Oakland. In eight appearances against American League West teams Quintana is 1-2 with a bloated ERA of 11.20.

Another 24-year-old will be on the mound opposite Quintana as rookie Dan Straily gets the start for the Athletics on Saturday afternoon.

In his first season as a full-time starter for Oakland, Straily still seems to be trying to find his footing. Straily does have a winning record (3-2) but his ERA of 5.08 certainly leaves much to be desired. Assuming he is able to record at least two outs, Straily will eclipse his total for innings pitched from a season ago.

Straily has begun to get into a rhythm during his last two starts when he has allowed just a single run over 13 innings of work. Each of those starts has ended in victories for the Athletics. Straily has not had to strain himself during those starts, tossing less than 90 pitches in each outing.

This will be the first start for Straily against the White Sox and the just the second against a team from the American League Central. His first outing against a team from that division went well as he threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in a win over Kansas City last season.

Last season these teams met six times with each team collecting three wins.These clubs split six meetings last season.

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    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
Final
OKC 92
MIN 84
 
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
 
3rd
UTA 56
BOS 62
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
DEN
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
Final
FAM 65
MDES 72
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
2nd
ALAAM 70
ALCOR 58
 
2nd
ALAST 45
SOUTH 47
 
2nd
ARKPB 75
PVU 48
 
2nd
ISU 69
TEX 48
 
3rd
MVSU 64
TXSOU 64