Sox face off against 49-year-old Moyer Sunday

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Sox face off against 49-year-old Moyer Sunday

This post is really just an excuse to point to the fantastic profile of Jamie Moyer penned by NBC Sports' Bob Harkins last week. But while we're here, the 49-year-old Moyer will take on the White Sox Sunday in Arizona, looking to return to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

Moyer has faced the White Sox 24 times in his 24-year career, making 21 starts and throwing 141 13 innings. He owns a 4.20 ERA against them, although Sox hitters have just a .308 on-base percentage against the modern-day Ed Harris.

He made his major-league debut on June 16, 1986. Today, Moyer will face a two hitters who were born after he threw his first big-league pitch:

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Mark GonzalesSox lineup vs. Colo: Lillibridge ss, Pierzynski C, Rios dh, Dunn 1b, Fukudome CF, Young rf, Mitchell lf, Escobar 2b, McPherson 3b, Danks p
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Those will be Jared Mitchell (Oct. 13, 1988) and Eduardo Escobar (Jan. 5, 1989). John Danks was one year old when Moyer made the majors, and he wasn't born when Moyer was picked by the Cubs in the 1984 draft.

It's kind of a shame Omar Vizquel isn't around. That'd be a pretty awesome matchup.

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

The White Sox are back in action in spring training as they square off against the San Diego Padres. Coverage begins this afternoon at 2 p.m. on CSN!

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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.