Mother Nature has provided a marquee pitching matchup for Friday night's series opener between the Indians and White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, with Corey Kluber and Jose Quintana facing off in a battle of struggling aces.
Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins was postponed due to inclement weather, moving Trevor Bauer back to a Thursday start. Kluber was then pushed back one day to Friday. The righty is 1-1 with a 6.38 ERA over three starts to open the season, allowing a total of five homers over those outings.
Quintana enters with an 0-3 record and a 6.75 ERA. He has given up 13 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings, although 10 of them have come via a pair of five-run frames against the Tigers and Twins. Quintana threw a side session on Wednesday to get ready for his next trip to the mound.
"Feel good, feel good," Quintana said. "I keep practicing my command and work on all of my strengths, never change. I'm turning the page on last time and focusing on Friday.
"I worked on my curveball and changed speeds. But especially fastball in the corners."
Things to know about this game
• Todd Frazier continues to recover from a bout with the flu, which cost him six of the past eight games. White Sox manager Rick Renteria believes Frazier could be back in the lineup for the start of the Cleveland series.
"He's still eating good. He's still gaining the strength," Renteria said. "He's available for us. I think we are just being a little more cautious this time."
• The Indians scored seven total runs and had a .149 average with runners in scoring position (2-for-28) during the White Sox series win at Progressive Field from April 11-13.
• Renteria was on crutches during the Yankees series and had bench coach Joe McEwing and pitching coach Don Cooper make the pitching changes. The manager was battling right knee soreness.
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