Ventura gives hints to second-half rotation

Ventura gives hints to second-half rotation

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated Sunday that Chris Sale probably would be starting Sunday's third and final game in the team's second-half debut series in Kansas City, preceded by Jake Peavy.

"I don't know about the first day," Ventura said.

Gavin Floyd seems like the logical choice to open the second half, especially with his 3-1 record and 1.37 ERA over his last four starts. But rookie Jose Quintana might be a better choice, leaving Floyd to pitch Monday in Boston and then Saturday in Detroit.

Floyd has a career 3-0 record at Fenway Park and is 7-0 against the Red Sox. He has a 4-1 mark at Comerica Park and is 7-2 lifetime against the Tigers.

Pitching coach Don Cooper wasn't sure if Peavy's All-Star selection, announced in the eighth inning of Sunday's 11-9 loss to the Blue Jays as a replacement for the Angels' C.J. Wilson, would affect the rotation plan.

"I'm sure we will talk about it and come up with a decision," Cooper said.