CHICAGO -- After not pitching since a home loss against the Indians on Sept. 13, Hector Santiago returns to the mound Tuesday at Progressive Field for his final 2013 start.
Manager Robin Ventura gave Santiago an extended rest when he noticed the southpaw looked a bit tired in his past couple of trips to the mound. Santiago set a personal single-season high with his 142 2/3 innings thrown this year, while posting a 3.47 ERA and 121 strikeouts over 124 1/3 innings in 22 games as a starter.
Dylan Axelrod makes his 20th start of the year Wednesday night in Cleveland, with Andre Rienzo, Chris Sale, Erik Johnson and Jose Quintana facing the Royals in that order at home to finish the year. Rienzo has been battling a blister problem and could move back a day or two with Sale and Johnson moving up a day.
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