Quintana goes 3 innings as White Sox top Royals

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Quintana made it to the 200-inning mark last season. Now the Chicago White Sox lefty wants to add even more to his workload.

The 25-year-old from Colombia made his spring debut on Monday, going three innings in Chicago's 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"I feel good for the first outing of the year," Quintana said. "I threw all the pitches. The fastball, curve and changeup were working good. I had two good innings, one inning was a little uncomfortable."

In the second, Johnny Giavotella had an RBI triple and scored on Jarrod Dyson's single. But those were the only hits off Quintana, who struck out one and walked two. He posted a 3.51 ERA in 33 starts and exactly 200 innings for the White Sox in 2013.

"He's strong enough to do it," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of Quintana's desire for more work. "He's a good enough pitcher and he should be able to do it."

Andy Wilkins hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, Conor Gillaspie added a two-run double and Hector Gimenez had a tiebreaking double in the sixth.

Jorge Bonifacio homered and drove in three runs for Kansas City.

STARTING TIME

Royals: Jeremy Guthrie gave up four hits and three runs — all on Wilkins' homer — in two innings in his first spring outing. He set down the White Sox in order in the second and threw 34 pitches in all.

After leaving the game, he even put his own headline on the outing: "Guthrie eases back into spring training shape."

"If I had given up zero runs it would have been better," the 35-year-old right-hander said. "I hung a changeup to a hitter that put a good swing on it and hit a three-run homer. One pitch wasn't executed in the inning. The next inning I probably didn't execute two or three pitches and got three outs. That's what happens in baseball."

SHOW TIME

Wilkins, a 25-year-old first baseman who split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, got a chance to bat cleanup on Monday. Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn were off.

Dunn was en route back from Sunday's Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The film "Dallas Buyers Club," in which Dunn was an investor and had a small role, won three Oscars, including best actor for Matthew McConaughey. Dunn will return to the Chicago lineup for Tuesday's game against Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz.