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Santiago gets starting nod for opener vs. Twins

Santiago gets starting nod for opener vs. Twins

Santiago gets starting nod for opener vs. Twins
DETROIT -- Left-hander Hector Santiago will start Monday's series opener against the Twins, as announced by White Sox manager Robin Ventura prior to Saturday's contest with the Tigers.

Dylan Axelrod was thought to be in line for that start, especially after giving up one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings in beating Baltimore on Aug. 29. But Axelrod was reassigned to Double-A Birmingham after the game, and the Barons' season doesn't end until Monday afternoon. So Axelrod won't be eligible to return until Tuesday.

Ventura said Axelrod will get recalled to the Majors, but added that he had Santiago in mind to start against the Twins all along.

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"I liked the way he pitched last time out," said Ventura of Santiago, the one-time White Sox closer, who allowed two runs over four innings during his longest stint of the year on Aug. 26 against the Mariners. "He was scheduled to do that anyway. So we'll just leave him there."

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