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Quintana solid for White Sox in 4-0 win over Reds
CHI WHITE SOX 4, CINCINNATI 0

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jose Quintana got off to a great start
again. He knows from experience there's a long way to go.



Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last
season, tossed three perfect innings for the Chicago White Sox
in their 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The
left-hander pitched a combined 185 innings between Double-A
Birmingham and the majors last year.



"I never had a long season like that," Quintana said. "My arm
felt good, but I don't know if it necessarily was good."



White Sox teammate Chris Sale experienced the same sort of heavy
workload in his first full season as a major league starter. It
was a learning experience for both. Quintana's focus this
offseason was to improve his durability with a combination of
rest, cardio and weight work.



"Last year after the season I took a little break," Quintana
said. "But after that I went to work and was always thinking
about durability for this year and strength toward the end of
the season."



He looked fully rested Saturday, striking out two. The Reds
didn't fare much better against the next five Chicago pitchers,
either, settling for four hits in all.



"We're not hitting now," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll
get it straight. This is the time of year when you're not ready
to hit the breaking ball. If anyone has a breaking ball, he's
not going to get hit.



"We're swinging at balls in the dirt and we're fouling off the
fastball."



Corner infielder Conor Gillaspie hit his second homer of the
spring and outfield prospect Jared Mitchell homered and doubled
in a run.



"He's a very aggressive kid at the plate who plays hard,"
Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of Gillaspie, acquired in a
trade from the Giants for a minor league pitcher last week to
give the White Sox another left-handed bat.



Joey Votto doubled for Cincinnati, but Bronson Arroyo struggled
in his first start of the spring.



Quintana shored up the White Sox rotation last season when
opening-day starter John Danks went down with a shoulder injury
in late May. A native of Colombia who had been signed by Chicago
as a minor league free agent in November 2011 after the Yankees
left him off their 40-man roster, Quintana came up from the
minor leagues and made 22 starts, going 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in
the first half before tiring in the second half.



He finished 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA and is now considered a fixture
in the rotation.



"Quintana went out and looked great, looks fresh," Ventura said.
"He's committed to being a big leaguer for a long time and he
comes in with that attitude that he belongs. When he's out
there, you think he's been around for a while."



Arroyo, who had the flu when the team reported to camp, gave up
five hits and two runs in two innings.



"I feel good now," Arroyo said. "I feel like I'm on track. I'll
have five or six outings that should get me to seven innings
before we get out of here, which is what we get every year."



NOTES: Hector Santiago pitched two scoreless innings for the
White Sox. ... Danks, coming back from shoulder surgery, had his
last side session in advance of his first start, which will be
Monday against the Giants. ... Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez,
who has been in Miami tending to a family matter, is not
expected back for a couple days, Ventura said. ... Jay Bruce got
his first hit of the spring for the Reds, a single. ... Armando
Galarraga allowed one run over three innings for the Reds, a
homer to Mitchell. ... Jake Peavy makes his first start of the
spring Sunday for the White Sox against the Padres and Clayton
Richard in a matchup of pitchers who were traded for each other
in 2009. ... The White Sox waited a week longer than most teams
to use their projected starting pitchers this spring.

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