The seemingly strong White Sox start to the 2014 season has not necessarily translated into the American League standings.
They enter Sunday afternoon's finale of a four-game home set with the Indians carrying the same 6-6 record as Cleveland. Of course, the Indians came into this current season with playoff hopes, while the White Sox are in the middle of a reshaping process.
In three previous '14 series, the White Sox have won one against Minnesota and lost to the Royals and Rockies. So beating the Indians and claiming three out of four at U.S. Cellular Field would be a big step forward for the South Siders. That series win also would come against a team that took 17 of 19 from the White Sox in '13.
"We want to win it anyway," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "A team that's been really tough on us before, you feel like maybe you've turned over a leaf that you don't have to again think of all the things that were negative about last year.
"It's a new year, and we've got new guys. They just feel different. I think that's just another page."
Jose Quintana gets the start against the Indians, coming off of a seven-inning victorious effort in Colorado against the Rockies. Cory Kluber gets the call for Cleveland and hopes to produce an effort close to his last start against the Padres.
Kluber struck out eight over six innings, after getting roughed up by the A's over 3 1/3 innings during his season debut.
"Obviously it was a lot better than the first one," said Kluber of his two starts. "The first one wasn't very good at all, but I think when you have a bad one, you've just got to do your best to flush it and not try to read too much into it, just go back to finding that feel, that groove that you want."
Tyler Flowers did not play Saturday against Justin Masterson, as Ventura went with a lefty-heavy lineup. But he figures to be back behind the plate against Kluber, as does Marcus Semien at second.
White Sox: Quintana stands as the model of consistency
When Quintana takes the mound for the White Sox, it's more often than not going to be a slow day for the bullpen.
The southpaw has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts dating back to Aug. 16, 2013, and has worked at least seven in seven of those 10.
"This is the best for the bullpen when you go long," Quintana said. "Every start I think that. I belong in the game."
Quintana struggled with his cutter during Spring Training but feels as if that pitch is working better during the regular season.
Indians: Carrasco available out of 'pen this week
Indians manager Terry Francona said Carlos Carrasco, who took the loss in Friday's game over 4 2/3 innings of work, will be available in the bullpen this week and will start next Saturday at home against the Blue Jays.
If Carrasco pitches in relief Tuesday or Wednesday, then he'll rest until his start. If not, he'll throw a side session late in Wednesday's game to stay fresh.
"That will allow us to put him in the bullpen for a couple days in Detroit, just because we've had some early exits," Francona said. "Monday's day off should really help to kind of fortify us a little bit."
Carrasco's previously scheduled start on Wednesday will be skipped, while the rest of the starting rotation will take their normal turns.
• Alexei Ramirez has hit in all 12 games this season. He needs only three more to tie Frank Thomas' season-opening franchise hit-streak record of 15.
• Conor Gillaspie extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has recorded five RBIs over the past two games.
• Cody Allen has made six consecutive scoreless appearances for the Indians, covering 4 2/3 innings.
• Michael Brantley is hitting .450 with six RBIs over his last five games against the White Sox.