White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Adam Dunn wants to win AL Comeback Player of the Year, he tells Chuck Garfien. The slugger also opened up about his 2011 struggles in speaking to Garfien.

Tony Andracki and I rolled out our All-Decade Chicago Team of the 1990s, with Chuck and David Kaplan offering up their thoughts on the roster from Arizona. This one appears to be a little less controversial than our last one, although catcher was once again a point of debate. I don't think it will be for the 1980s, though, which we'll do next week.

Dayan Viciedo looks pretty well set to play left field as Monday's spring training opener draws close.

Beyond the team's success, a strong start should push ticket sales in the right direction for the Sox. Luckily, their first 35 games shape up to be among the easiest in the American League.

Good stuff here: The pre-season injury report for the White Sox. Only three guys rate as serious injury risks, although Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo and Jake Peavy all are extremely important to the success of the 2012 team.

Could the expanded playoff picture affect the White Sox this year? Probably not, although it's good news for the second-place teams in the AL East and West.

We had quick commentary on a pair of Fangraphs posts analyzing Keenyn Walker's skillset and looked at the Sox closer situation from a fantasy perspective.

The White Sox and the University of Illinois announced a partnership -- so if you're an Illini backer, June 1 may be a good date to save.

Around the division: Jim Leyland forgets about the 1997 Marlins, Justin Morneau appears to be fine, George Brett's getting pumped about Kansas City's talent and Shin-Soo Choo is now a trained soldier.

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Kendall Graveman

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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.