CHICAGO -- Rookie Jose Quintana, who worked 5 2/3 innings and threw 112 pitches in a no-decision during Saturday's 5-4 White Sox victory over the Mariners, will return to the mound Thursday afternoon in Baltimore on regular four days' rest between performances. Chris Sale, the White Sox first-year starter, will get one extra day before pitching Tuesday because of last Thursday's off-day.The plan is to keep these young hurlers on a regular pitching schedule the rest of the 2012 season, even though Sale already has gone through three extended breaks and Quintana has been given three when factoring in the All-Star break. That plan, according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, is subject to change.
"Q is kind of in the same category as Chris. It's the first time he's been through this extended period of the season," Ventura said. "You know, if we can, if there's a chance to do it and he thinks he needs to have that, it could possibly happen.
"Right now, we are not looking to do that. We are just kind of monitoring how they are doing and how they pitch and how they feel afterwards."
Ventura mentioned that Jake Peavy, who sits at a team-high 175 innings pitched, doesn't want or need any extra rest more than two years removed from surgery. Sale feels the same way, even after breezing past his single-season high for innings pitched.
"I've said it before, but it's not how you start but how you finish," said Sale, who added that everything feels great through 22 starts and 153 innings. "I want to finish as strong if not stronger than the way I started this thing."
Sale taking the charge out of U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale and Mark Buehrle share a common bond, and it's certainly not Sale's fastball velocity that often touches 95 or 96 mph or Buehrle's multi-year, multi-million dollar contract.
Both pitchers have found great success working at U.S. Cellular Field, which according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, yields the most long balls per game in baseball at 2.87. Buehrle posted a 90-54 record with a 3.74 ERA during his White Sox home appearances before taking his skills to Miami.
Sale has topped that level of dominance in his first year as a starter. Factoring in Sale's 13 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Wednesday, the southpaw has a 7-0 record with a 1.17 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings over his last eight home starts.
For the season at U.S. Cellular, Sale stands 8-2 with a 1.74 ERA and a .188 opponents' average against. The key to success for Sale, who has benefited from great movement on his pitches and some deception in his delivery, has been to not let the ballpark change his approach.
"Obviously, when you pitch in Oakland, you know you can get away with a few more mistakes," Sale said. "But that doesn't mean you are going to make more mistakes. You are not going to take anything off.
"You always try to pitch down in the zone, no matter where you are playing. You could be playing in Yosemite and still make quality pitches down in the zone. It's just about, some places you can get away with mistakes. Here, sometimes you don't."
Yankee Stadium was another ballpark mentioned by Sale as a locale where good pitches still can end up as runs. The 23-year-old pointed to Seattle's Safeco Field along with Oakland as visiting venues where mistakes are easier to keep in play.
But a crucial point for Sale is not to get intimidated by where he's pitching.
"If the ball goes, it goes. If not, awesome," Sale said. "For me anyways, I try to not go out there and think about home runs getting hit. It's just trying to make quality pitches and get ground balls and those fly balls sometimes you hold your breath on them. But we have a darned good outfield that can track most anything down."
Reed puts blown save quickly out of mind
CHICAGO -- Addison Reed didn't take very long to get over the sting of a blown save in Friday's 9-8 victory over the Mariners.
"I'm ready to pitch today. I don't even remember what happened yesterday," said the rookie closer, who got another chance to close Saturday and successfully finished off the 5-4 victory over Seattle. "Hopefully I get another save opportunity.
"When you don't feel you have your best stuff, you have to find a way to get some outs. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you. The other team definitely doesn't care how you feel."
From the time he stepped on the mound and walked Brendan Ryan, Reed knew everything was out of sync. He was leaving pitches up, and even situations where Reed was trying to come inside would end up tailing high and away.
"I know what I was doing wrong but it's just one of those things that I couldn't correct out there," Reed said. "But we got the win so everything is a lot better."
Reed's struggles finished off Seattle's six-run ninth, but numerous teammates quickly approached the rookie and told him they still were going to get the win. It's a by-product of the even-keel approach fostered by manager Robin Ventura all season.
"We have a tone of come-from-behind wins this year," Reed said. "It just shows no matter what happens, even blowing a save in the ninth, we are not going to give up. We won't roll over and think we lost that game.
"That's the type of attitude everyone on this team has. Multiple people said to me, 'Don't worry about it. We'll get those runs back.'"
Third to first
Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup with soreness in his right shoulder. Jordan Danks took over in left field for Viciedo, who is hitting .254 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs, but has three homers and seven RBIs in his last 14 games.White Sox bench coach Mark Parent said after the 5-4 victory over Seattle that Viciedo's soreness was nothing serious and he was ready to go if needed on Saturday. Friday's 9-8 victory marked the first time in White Sox history they have won a game in the bottom of the ninth after allowing at least six runs in the top of the inning, according to Elias. Over the last 30 years, the Cubs are the only other team to win in such fashion. They beat the Rockies by a 10-9 margin on June 25, 2007, after relievers Scott Eyre and Bob Howry gave up six in the ninth.
Paul Konerko's game-winning single stood as the club's sixth game-ending hit this season but was the captain's first since June 4, 2008, against the Royals, according to Elias. Konerko hit a walk-off, two-run homer off Jimmy Gobble in the 15th inning of a 6-4 victory. Konerko picked up 398 RBIs between game-ending hits.
Triple-A Charlotte clinched the International League's South Division title with a 2-1 victory over Pawtucket on Friday night. The Knights reached the playoffs for the first time since 2006, joining Class A Winston-Salem (Carolina League) and Advanced Rookie Great Falls (Pioneer League) as postseason qualifiers from the White Sox system.