Pitching in front of friends and family gives Santiago a boost


Pitching in front of friends and family gives Santiago a boost

NEW YORK -- Hector Santiago had a big smile on his face on Friday afternoon as he recalled his Yankee Stadium debut from the night before. He admits its likely not going to leave any time soon.

The White Sox rookie hails from nearby Newark, N.J. and enjoyed the fact he pitched in front of family and friends Thursday night. Even though he gave up a run on a Mark Teixeira homer, Santiago, who struck out two batters, earned the victory because of Dayan Viciedos heroics.

He said the level of his adrenaline rush is as high as some of his previous major league milestones.

That was probably the highest Ive been either since I got called up last year for my major league debut or my save in Texas, Santiago said. I havent had that kind of energy or stuff behind me for a while now. Ill probably have it for the next couple of weeks just knowing what its like to have it again and that adrenaline and that feeling of your friends and everybody behind you pushing you and cheering for you. That felt great.

So what was the highlight of pitching in the esteemed Bronx venue?

Striking out Robinson Cano, of course. Santiago, who actually grew up more of a New York Mets fans, said he is very close with members of Canos family.

Me and his cousins were best friends, Santiago said. I grew up with his family. He was raised in Newark for a little while. I have known him for the past seven years. It was big. I talked to him before the game and we wished each other good luck. It was great. Now I have something to talk about and I can throw it in my friends face, I got your cousin out.

Wednesday on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres


Wednesday 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.