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Quintana shuts out the Red Sox over eight

The White Sox began last week 3 1/2 games up in the American League Central. They ended it in second place and 1 1/2 games back after they lost a three of four to the Red Sox and got swept for the first time in 2012 by the Tigers.

Now, after dropping six of their last eight they look to regain momentum with a three-game series vs. Minnesota.

"That's part of playing a long season, playing every day, too," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of his team's recent struggles. "It's just one of those things that you go through a stretch and it's not very fun to go through, and it matters how you pick yourself up and keep going."

Monday night's 7-4 win over the Twins was a good start, and they'll send left-hander Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.30 ERA) to the mound Tuesday looking to build a winning streak.

Quintana has been one of many surprises in Chicago's rotation this season, as he began the year in Double-A Birmingham and got called up to replace an injured John Danks. He's lost only one game so far as a rookie and worked eight innings for a third time this season in his last outing in Boston.

Whereas Chicago has lucked out with its starting rotation, the opposite can be said for Minnesota. The Twins continue to try to piece together a formidable starting five, but it hasn't worked out thus far.

Right-hander Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.95 ERA), however, has been better than perhaps expected. He gave up a career-high seven runs two starts ago against Oakland, but followed his poor performance with five strong innings -- yielding one run and striking out five -- against the Orioles.

"It was night and day just in the overall results," De Vries said after the game against Baltimore. "I felt a little shaky because I didn't have my command in the first innings, but then I was able to get back to where I was before the break. I was able to locate all my pitches pretty well."

Before Francisco Liriano served up seven runs on three home runs in 2 2/3 innings Monday, the Twins' rotation had thrown at least six innings in one full turn through the rotation. They'll hope to begin a new streak Tuesday.

White Sox: Despite slide, no change in focus
General manager Kenny Williams was asked Monday if the recent slide would suddenly turn the White Sox into sellers at the approaching July 31 Trade Deadline.

"Oh [heck] no," Williams responded.

The White Sox have been involved in a lot of trade rumors, but few, if any, regarding the club as sellers. The rumors have mostly centered around the team trying to acquire a starting pitcher. Brett Myers, acquired last week, could be a option, but his current role is in the bullpen.

The South Siders hope they'll also benefit from having a healthy John Danks returning to the team from a shoulder strain for the final month of the season. He is expected to throw a side session Tuesday.

"If we are in it at that point, and we definitely expect to be, then we've got a guy here that will be fresh and impactful in his own right," Williams said.

Twins: Morneau to return Tuesday
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who has been away from the team on paternity leave, missed the series opener but will be back for Tuesday's game.

"He'll be flying back tonight," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He gets in late tonight, so he should be joining us tomorrow."

Chris Parmelee was sent down to Triple-A Rochester following Monday's loss to make room for Morneau.

They'll regain some power with Moreanu, but it appears a jammed right thumb is going to cause another power-hitter in Trevor Plouffe to miss at least another day or two. The injury was sustained Friday and after taking two swings Monday, Plouffe realized he wasn't ready to return.

"It's one of those things you want to make sure it goes away before you take it out to a game," Plouffe said.

Worth noting
• The White Sox have won 13 of their last 17 games against the Twins, having outscored them 90-55 in that span. However, since Ron Gardenhire took over as Minnesota's manager in 2002, the Twins lead the series 103-89.

• De Vries has pitched once against Chicago this season, on May 24 in his Major League debut. He allowed six runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three home runs through five innings of work. It was his first career loss.

• Alex Rios is batting .376 (35-for-93) with seven home runs, 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored over his last 23 games. Comments