Quintana gets the job done

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Quintana gets the job done

Jose Quintana deserved a better fate in what could be his final major-league start for a little while.

After limiting Tampa Bay to one run -- a solo homer off the bat of Luke Scott -- through 3 23 innings, Quintana was tossed for throwing a pitch behind Ben Zobrist's knees. And with John Danks set to come off the disabled list on Monday, Quintana probably will head back to the minors and continue his work in Charlotte.

He didn't have a chance to earn his second major-league win and, more importantly, finish off another fine outing. It was cut short far too early on a questionable decision by Mark Wegner.

But if Quintana is Charlotte-bound in the coming days, he'll leave the White Sox having done everything in his power to prove he's the best option the team has if another starter hits the disabled list.

In 15 13 innings, Quintana has a 1.76 ERA with nine strikeouts, five walks and one home run allowed. Those aren't great peripherals, and his .119 BABIP would hardly last, but he's done everything asked.

He pitched 5 23 scoreless innings in relief of Philip Humber May 7, saving the White Sox bullpen during a long stretch of games without an off day. Two and a half weeks later, he made his first major-league start, this time holding the Indians to two runs over six innings. And he looked on his way to another quality start on Wednesday before getting the boot.

And it's worth noting Quintana has yet to pitch in Triple-A -- the 23-year-old moved straight from Double-A to the majors and was called up to Charlotte hours before his latest promotion to Chicago. In fact, coming in to this season, the highest level at which Quintana pitched was the Yankees' high-A affiliate -- and over half his appearances there were in relief.

If everything goes right, the Sox won't need Quintana again this season. But if they do, they'll hope he can pitch as well as he did in the last month.

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball released the latest American League All-Star voting update Monday and Avisail Garcia has jumped back into fifth place among outfielders.

The White Sox right fielder jumped past Boston's Mookie Betts since the last returns were announced on June 13.

Since then Garcia has slashed .319/.447/.819 with a homer, 5 RBIs and three doubles in 12 games.

Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and George Springer remain the top vote-getters in the outfield, though Trout won't play in the Midsumemr Classic because of a thumb injury.

On the year Garcia is batting .331 with a .904 OPS, 11 homers and 51 RBIs; the RBIs are the same number Garcia had all of last year.

Garcia is the only White sox player among the top AL vote-getters at any position.

Voting ends June 30.

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland turned in one of his best starts of the season on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox had nothing to show for it after a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

In six innings, Holland allowed four hits, one earned run, and two walks while recording six strikeouts. He was charged with his only run in the seventh, when he allowed a single to Yonder Alonso, who came around to score after Holland had been pulled from the game.

Despite his confidence in the bullpen, which has been one of the White Sox biggest strengths this season, Holland would like to see himself go deeper into the games.

“I should be getting into the 7th and not having 110 pitches,” Holland said. “The bullpen's done a great job of picking us up in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The starters, and really pointing more to myself, we need to...I need to go out there and go longer."

Entering Sunday, three of Holland’s last four starts had been the worst outings of the season – allowing 22 earned runs over those four games. Despite the team’s 5-3 loss, Holland felt his outing was a step in the right direction.

“I felt good about everything out there,” Holland said. “(Omar Narvaez) and I were right on the same page. There were just a couple of things that got away from us. Just one of those things. Defense made the plays for us when they needed to, unfortunately we just didn't come out on top."

Manager Rick Renteria also had high praise for the 30-year-old southpaw, who bounced back from one of his shortest outings of the season.

“I thought Holland, hopefully what's not lost is Holland's outing today was really, really good,” Renteria said. “He kept us in the ballgame. They've got some kids that can swing the bat. They were putting things together. All we were trying to do at the end was minimize any damage they could produce. We weren't able to.”