April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball

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April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball

It's a good thing the Sox are starting the season on April 6:

- They are 14-6 on this date in Franchise history
- They have won five straight April 6 games
- They haven't lost on April 6 since 2001
- They have won 13 of their last 14 on today's date
- This will be their fourth April 6 opener (they're 2-1 so far)

There have been a lot of exciting moments along the way. Here's the complete list of April 6 contests, which date back to 1974:

2011: Sox rally for four with two outs in the 9 off Joakim Soria to take a 7-6 lead, but Thornton blows the save. Sox score three in the 12th for the 10-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2008: Sox light up Justin Verlander for nine runs (four earned) and nine hits. Buehrle gets the decision in 13-2 blowout at Comerica Park.
2005: Sox erase 3-0 deficit in ninth inning off Indians' closer Bob Wickman when Paul Konerko (with a runner on) and Jermaine Dye go back-to-back; Juan Uribe knocks in the winning run on a sac fly.
2003: 9-run eighth inning (eight unearned) and go on to win 10-2 at home vs Tigers.
2002: 14-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2001: 10-9 10-inning loss vs Tigers.
2000: 6-2 win at Texas

1999: 11-3 win in Seattle -- Sox crush Jamie Moyer (6 IP, 11 H, 8 ER)
1998: 5-4 win vs Rangers
1997: 5-3 win vs Tigers -- Jaime Navarro pitches seven scoreless with 11 K
1996: 8-4 win at Angels -- Alex Fernandez pitches eight innings and strikes out 10 Halos.
1994: 9-2 win at the Skydome -- Robin Ventura and Darrin Jackson each hit two home runs.
1993: 10-5 Opening Day win at the Metrodome.

1989: 3-2 win in California -- Bert Blyleven gets the no decision for the Halos.
1988: 4-2 loss vs Angels in 10 innings.
1987: 5-4 Opening Day win in Kansas City.
1984: 3-2 loss vs Tigers -- Jack Morris no-hits them the next day.
1983: 4-1 loss in Texas -- Sox start season 0-3, but finish 99-63.

1979: Jim Palmer hands Sox 5-3 Opening Day loss in Baltimore.
1974: White Sox lose 3-2 vs Angels -- Bill Melton hit a homer.

Total: 14-6 (13-1 in last 14)

White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Those pesky, persistent trade rumors continue to be no match for White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana. 

The 2016 All-Star was outstanding on Thursday afternoon as he made his first Cactus League appearance in nearly a month. Still waiting on word if he'll be the team's Opening Day starter, Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings against a thin Cincinnati Reds lineup in a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch. 

Pitching in front of more than a dozen scouts, Quintana limited Cincinnati to two hits in a 79-pitch outing and struck out three.

"I just try to turn the page quick and keep going," Quintana said. "Never watch behind me and try to go ahead every time I can. I want to put my team in a good position to win games. It's good when you win games in spring training. It brings good energy for the season."

Quintana on Thursday followed the same format he did for Colombia against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on March 10 as he retired the first 17 Reds hitters he faced. Even after he surrendered a hit, Quintana got back to work. Featuring a fastball that sat between 91-93 mph early, Quintana had Cincinnati hitters off-balance all day. After he exited the game, Quintana sprinted to the right-field bullpen to throw 15 more pitches as he continues to build arm strength.

The outing is more of the same consistency the White Sox have come to expect from their trusted lefty. It's also why they refuse to remove the high sticker price attached to Quintana, who has competed at least 200 innings the past four seasons with a 3.32 overall ERA in that span.

As Opening Day approaches, the White Sox continue to listen to offers for Quintana but have refused to budge on their price. Manager Rick Renteria said on Wednesday he needed a few more days before naming his starter for the April 3 opener, which suggests the team would still trade Quintana at this late date. But unless one of the team's suitors finally antes up, it's hard to believe that anyone other than Quintana would take the mound against the Detroit Tigers when the 2017 season kicks off at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Quintana is on target to pitch again Tuesday, though perhaps in a minor league game as the White Sox face Kansas City that day. His next turn would come on April 2, which would easily afford the team the chance to push him back one day. 

Giving Quintana the nod in the opener would be the latest honor bestowed upon him. Earlier this month, Quintana dominated the eventual WBC champion as he didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. That performance came after an outstanding campaign in which Quintana finally appeared in an All-Star Game.

All of the above has Quintana feeling pretty good about his abilities. 

"I have confidence in me, and every time I go out there I just try to have fun and enjoy that time," Quintana said. "I spend good time with my teammates. Every time I go to the mound, I feel pretty good."

Nicky Delmonico homered and singled in a run in the victory for the White Sox. He drove in three runs and hit his third homer of the spring. Leury Garcia also had two hits and made a pair of nice defensive plays at second base.

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson plans to buy one very expensive Pepsi.

When it comes time to make his first big purchase, the White Sox shortstop already has a good idea what he's going to do.

As he quickly rose through the minors, Anderson — who signed a six-year deal Tuesday that could pay him $50.5 million through 2024 — talked to his mother about her retiring if he ever reached the big leagues. But all Lucille Brown joked that she has wanted from Anderson is a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. Anderson said on Thursday morning that he intends to make good on his promise and then some.

"She always told me, 'I don't want anything from you, I just wish you the best. The only thing I want from you is for you to buy me a Pepsi,'" Anderson said. "Pepsi is her favorite soda. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to buy her a Mercedes and I'm going to buy a Pepsi and put it in the cup holder for her."

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An outpatient healthcare worker, Brown and her husband Roger — who are Anderson's aunt and uncle — raised Anderson along with their three children. Anderson said he and Brown have discussed her retirement over the past few years and will broach the topic again in the future.

If Lucille decides to retire, Anderson thinks she might take up decorating houses, which she did for the second-year player after he recently purchased a home in North Carolina. But for now, Anderson wants to take care of his family for helping him attain his goal of playing in the big leagues, which led to the "life-changing" contract.

"I think she's going to retire," Anderson said. "We haven't picked up on that conversation yet, but we'll talk about it.

"I feel like nothing but good people have been in my circle from the time that I got drafted."