Jose Quintana has fallen in line right behind the ace of the Chicago White Sox all season, and he will try to keep things in order his next time out.
While following another stellar outing from Chris Sale, Quintana will try to deliver the White Sox a sweep and sixth straight win over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Sale passed the ball on to Quintana with seven strong innings in Saturday's 7-2 win, keeping AL Central-leading Chicago (21-10) unbeaten against the last-place Twins (8-22). The White Sox swept an April series in Minnesota and rolled 10-4 in Friday's opener.
Quintana (4-1, 1.40 ERA) will try to lift the White Sox to their fourth sweep already this season.
The left-hander's scoreless-innings streak was snapped at 20 by Hanley Ramirez's home run in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Boston, though he continued to roll with his 10th quality start in 11 outings. That was Quintana's first homer surrendered since Sept. 30, though it was one of just four hits the Red Sox mustered against him in eight innings.
"I feel really good from the first moment of the season, and I try to do my job and try to get wins," Quintana told MLB's official website. "Early in the season, you really want to be coming to the ballpark and see your teammates excited for getting wins. You try to put a little bit extra motivation and try to do everything."
Quintana has done plenty against the Twins in his last 10 starts against them, outside of the seven runs - six earned - they tacked on him in six innings of an 8-1 loss last May. Otherwise, he has given up 11 runs in 56 2/3 innings in the matchup, including one in six innings of a 4-1 win at Minnesota on April 11.
Joe Mauer has seen Quintana well in his career, batting .344 in 32 at-bats with a pair of home runs and five RBIs. Brian Dozier has also gone deep twice in the matchup but has hit .189 in 37 at-bats, and he was kept out of the lineup Friday and Saturday due to right hamstring tightness. Dozier is day to day.
Tyler Duffey (0-1, 1.74) allowed a first-inning three-run homer to Justin Upton in the first inning of his latest start, but he didn't give up another hit until the sixth inning of a 4-1 loss to Detroit on April 30. He tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, one earned.
"He made a mistake with the fastball and Upton crushed it, but he settled in pretty good," Twins manager Paul Molitor told MLB's official website. "I thought he pitched aggressively. He used his fastball. He did OK."
The right-hander faced the White Sox once in his rookie 2015 season, allowing three hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings of an 8-6 win Sept. 1. He walked three and struck out two, while Chicago's Adam Eaton went 2 for 3 off him with a pair of RBIs.