Long time, no see.
Jose Quintana and Jerome Williams dueled on Saturday. Five days later, they'll square off again as the White Sox and Angels commence a four-game set in Anaheim.
The Angels topped the White Sox, 3-2, on Saturday, when Williams held Chicago to two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Quintana, for his part, limited the Halos to three runs (two earned) over six frames.
Both clubs are still searching for the spark that nearly earned them playoff berths last season. The White Sox won 85 games last year, while the Angels won 89. They both will have to begin making serious headway to approach those totals this season.
Prior to his team's loss to the Angels on Saturday, Chicago skipper Robin Ventura held a pregame meeting to discuss his team's shaky defensive showing. Since that defeat, the White Sox have rattled off three wins in four games.
"I feel if we just keep going at it the right way, it's got to [improve]. You've got to believe that," said veteran Paul Konerko. "Sometimes it's hard to believe that, but as a player, I've seen it happen a lot to yourself and to teams. You just have to keep believing. There's no other choice."
Quintana (2-1, 3.72 ERA) has yielded three runs or fewer in five of his seven starts this season. Since a rough outing to open the season, the southpaw has compiled a 2.86 ERA across his next six starts. Quintana will be the first in a string of three lefties the Angels are scheduled to face during the Chicago series, which doesn't exactly play to Angels manager Mike Scioscia's right-hand heavy lineup.
"Right now, I think our right-handed look is deep, and I think we have some good situational groupings that are there," Scioscia said. "Left-handed, we're trying to find some chemistry, too."
Williams will be making his third start of the season after spending April in the bullpen. The 31-year-old is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in his two starts.
White Sox: Beckham eager to play again
Second baseman Gordon Beckham will embark on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to recover from a broken bone in his left hand. Beckham underwent surgery on April 16 and was initially prescribed a timetable of six to eight weeks.
"I feel like my body is ready," Beckham said. "It's just a matter of time now to get the reps to get back up."
Angels: Weaver progressing toward return
Jered Weaver, out with a broken left elbow, threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He'll throw an 80-pitch session on Friday.
"I'd like to throw the 80-pitch session and get in a game here," Weaver said, "if I had it my way."
Scioscia, however, said he wants Weaver to make at least two rehab starts before the right-hander is activated from the disabled list.
Quintana has lost both of his career starts against the Angels, despite posting a 2.45 ERA in those two outings.