American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, June 6th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (36-25) at Chicago White Sox (25-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60)
Chicago - Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Jose Quintana makes his second start against Oakland
in a week on Thursday night when the Chicago White Sox host the Athletics in
the opener of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
The 24-year-old was shelled for 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings in the June 1 game in
Oakland, but gave up only three runs while taking a no-decision in the
Athletics' 4-3 win.
It was the 36th career appearance for Quintana, who debuted last year and was
6-6 in 25 games, including 22 starts.
He's been a full-time starter thus far in 2013 and won three of his initial
four decisions before dropping a 7-0 verdict to the Chicago Cubs on May 27.
He's 2-2 in five home starts this season.
For the Athletics, righty Dan Straily gets a rematch with Quintana and the
He allowed a run on six hits in six innings of the June 1 game while walking
none and striking out eight.
He's gone three starts since his last loss - on May 15 against Texas - and has
been very strong, allowing just 12 hits and two runs in 19 innings while
walking one batter and striking out 14.
The Athletics are 6-2 in games he's pitched this season.
On Wednesday in Seattle, Alejandro De Aza drove home the go-ahead run in the
top of 16th inning and the White Sox outlasted the Mariners, 7-5, at Safeco
It was a contest that saw neither team score a run for the first 13 innings,
then plate five apiece in the 14th to keep a contest going that eventually
lasted 5 hours and 42 minutes.
White Sox closer Addison Reed (2-0) gave up a game-tying grand slam to Kyle
Seager in the bottom of the 14th, but struck out the side in his third inning
of work to end the marathon -- as well as Chicago's eight-game losing streak.
Alex Rios went 4-for-8, and his second RBI of the day gave the White Sox an
insurance run in their final turn at bat. He also helped turn one of six
double plays for Chicago.
On Wednesday in Milwaukee, Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings of one-run
baseball and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Brewers, 6-1, in the finale of
a three-game interleague series at Miller Park.
"It feels good to continue to pitch well," said Colon. "I feel a lot better
pitching than I did last year."
The Athletics scored five runs in the seventh inning, capped off with a three-
run home run by Brandon Moss. Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jed
Lowrie scored twice in the victory, Oakland's fifth in its last six games.
The Athletics swept three games from the White Sox in Oakland during a series
from May 31-June 2.
06/06 10:38:14 ET