CHICAGO -- Rookie southpaw Jose Quintana gets the nod for the White Sox final regular-season home start, taking the mound Sunday afternoon against the Rays and American League Cy Young candidate David Price.
Quintana has been a true positive surprise for the White Sox this year, posting a 3.60 ERA over 24 games, including 21 starts, and pitching crucial games against the Tigers on Sept. 10 and 17 that were both won by the White Sox.
"I'd say from Spring Training, yeah he surprised me, because you didn't expect him to really be in the rotation and do the things that we've asked him to do," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Quintana, who has not started since Sept. 22 in Anaheim, although he did work two-thirds of an inning in relief Tuesday. "He's had some big spots. I think the rainout game with Detroit, one of them that if you're coming out of Spring Training and say you're going to have him go for that game, you'd be surprised."
The White Sox rotation for the Cleveland series has yet to be set and probably will depend on the team's results this weekend against the Rays and its status in the push for the playoffs. Hector Santiago should get the call Monday.