Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top


Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

DETROIT -- Alejandro De Aza said he has focused on the minute aspects of preparation to keep himself prepared for the long summer.
The White Sox center fielder has played in all but two of the teams first 94 games and jokes that he has been feeling old.
De Aza enters Sunday with a .280 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 61 runs scored and has stabilized the teams outfield with solid play in center.
I just try to do the little things in the weight room and try to stretch a lot because its going to be a long season and its hot right now, De Aza said. I just try to keep it up.
One area of De Azas game that has impressed White Sox manager Robin Ventura is consistency. Ventura thinks De Aza has done a good job of avoiding prolonged slumps. Even when De Aza struggles, he manages to stick with his approach and see pitches. Through Saturday, De Aza is 33 rd in the majors with a 4.04 average pitches seen per plate appearance.
Hes done a good job for us, Ventura said. For leading off and being able to take pitches and doing all the things hes been doing playing center field and for this being the first year he has done it, its a tough spot. But I like what hes done for us. Its his job to see pitches and let guys get a gauge of what a guy has got that day. Hes been able to do that. Hes not afraid to get deep into a count and take some pitches.

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.