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White Sox: Jose Quintana looks sharp after rough first inning

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White Sox: Jose Quintana looks sharp after rough first inning

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The lone blight on an otherwise spectacular Friday afternoon for Jose Quintana came courtesy of his newly refined pickoff move.

The White Sox left-hander allowed a pair of first-inning runs after he was called for a balk. Quintana recovered and retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced, striking out seven.

He even left with the lead, but the White Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 in 10 innings at Peoria Sports Complex. Quintana allowed two runs (one earned), two hits and a walk in six innings.

“It was a surprise for me because I keep working on that, the pickoffs and better move,” Quintana. “I (moved) my feet at a 45-degree angle and they call a balk. I try to keep going with that and next time, I hope they don’t call a balk.”

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White Sox pitchers have spent a decent amount of time working on their pickoffs moves this spring. Manager Robin Ventura’s staff was visibly upset with the call in the visiting dugout as it sent Nori Aoki to second base. Aoki moved to third when Quintana’s third strike to Kyle Seager went for a wild pitch to put runners on the corners. Quintana allowed a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and would have escaped the inning without further damage but Tyler Saladino booted an inning-ending grounder, allowing a second run to score.

But Quintana picked up steam and cruised through his final five innings. He threw 90 pitches and tacked on another 15 in the bullpen.

“The chief umpire said that I move my body to home plate,” Quintana said. “You want to move your body to home plate because you want the runner to see you. You have a chance to pick off a guy.

“I’m really happy. I came back quick because it was a tough first inning. But that’s the point -- when you can come back, that’s most important for the pitcher. Go long in the game. You know, try to keep the score close and get the win.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Quintana was in line for a victory courtesy of an Austin Jackson grand slam in the seventh inning off Justin De Fratus. Nate Jones struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless inning.

But the Mariners rallied in the ninth inning against Justin Turner. Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying two-run homer. Leonys Martin homered off Turner in the 10th to win the game.

Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 in the losing effort.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.