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Jose Quintana earns career-high 10th win of season as White Sox top A's

Jose Quintana earns career-high 10th win of season as White Sox top A's

Jose Quintana can finally get the number nine out of his head.

Quintana picked up his 10th win of the season, a career high, on Sunday after finishing with nine wins in each of the last three years.

The 27-year-old southpaw pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits while striking out six in the White Sox 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics at U.S. Cellular Field.

"This is really special for me," Quintana said. "This year, when the year started, that’s my first goal. I want to get more than 10 wins to help my team, but I’m really happy. I’ll try to get more wins.

"All the guys, teammates, celebrated that with me. It was fun. It was really good. Every time I try to get better and better and finally I get my 10th win."

Todd Frazier, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, said Quintana was "yelling and screaming like a little kid" in the clubhouse after the game.

"He was excited. You should have seen him over there a little bit ago," Frazier said. "Just happy for him. He works his butt off. He comes in here every day and doesn’t say a boo about anything and just plays ball."

Quintana moved to 10-9 on the season and earned his 19th quality start of the season, tied for the most in the American League. He now owns a 1.91 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, and lowered his overall ERA to 2.84 as the White Sox improved to 59-64 on the season.

"Every time I think, I have more experience now and that’s special this year to make the All-Star team and get 10 wins and try to get more," Quintana said. "That’s really important for me and the best point here is to help my team."

The White Sox offense got off to a hot start for the second consecutive day. Justin Morneau got the scoring started in the first with an RBI double. One batter later, Frazier drove in two with a single to put the White Sox up 3-0.

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The A’s got on the board in the fourth with a two-run homer by Khris Davis, his 32nd of the year. But Jose Abreu responded in the bottom of the inning, smacking a homer of his own, a solo shot. It was his second straight day going deep and 16th home run of the season.

That was enough run support to help Quintana reach his milestone.

"I know the guys are happy about it that they're able to get one for him, that something didn't happen," Ventura said. "It wasn't a no-decision. He pitched well. He gave up the homer and it looked like they were starting to get a little momentum going, but he just has a way to toughen up and get after it.

"Everybody's happy for him. He deserves it and we did enough offensively to do it for him."

Nate Jones pitched one shutout inning in the eighth, while David Robertson closed out the game in the ninth, securing his 32nd save of the season.

The White Sox open their series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Why White Sox starter Dylan Cease thinks he was 'very exposed' to coronavirus

Why White Sox starter Dylan Cease thinks he was 'very exposed' to coronavirus

For most of April, while baseball was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease was back home in Georgia, preparing for a possible baseball season but also bracing for what he felt was coming next.

The coronavirus very likely invaded the house where Cease was living. He was concerned it was only a matter of time before he became stricken with the disease as well.

“Everyday I was waiting for it,” Cease said on the White Sox Talk Podcast.

After spring training was canceled, Cease flew from Arizona to Georgia to stay at his brother’s place. About a week after he arrived, his brother’s girlfriend, who was living with them, became ill.

“She had a fever for like 17 straight days. For three weeks she was basically asleep all day," Cease said. "It probably took her a week-and-a-half, two weeks after that to start feeling more normal, but she’s good now. I wasn’t able to leave my place for three weeks to a month.”

How exposed was he?

“Very exposed,” Cease said.

The puzzling part is that when she went to get tested for COVID-19, the result came back negative.

“There was something funky with it,” Cease said. “She doesn’t think they did the right thing. They didn’t swab her nose. We’re pretty sure it wasn’t done correctly, because why else would she have a fever for three straight weeks? Her cousin is a doctor, and he said, ‘You got this, so don’t leave the house.’”

For days, Cease was concerned that at any moment he could develop symptoms and become sick with the virus.

“I was reading that usually within the first seven days you’ll know, so everyday I was telling myself, ‘OK, it’s less likely I’m going to get it, less likely, less likely,'" he said. "And once she was in the clear and then it was a week later and I still wasn’t sick, I was like 'All right, I’m either immune to it or she didn't have it,' but we’re pretty sure she had it.”

How did his brother’s girlfriend get sick? She’s a student, so maybe she was exposed to the virus at school.   

But Cease wonders if he caught COVID-19 on the way back to Georgia, was asymptomatic, and gave it to her after he arrived.

“It could have been from me. We don’t really know," he said. "I was traveling. I was just coming from Arizona. I was on a plane, at the airport. It could have been from me, but I didn’t have any symptoms or anything."

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Cease has not been tested for the virus or whether he has the antibodies. If there’s a baseball season, that will certainly change. MLB and the players union are discussing strict health and safety measures in the event baseball returns, with frequent testing among the players.

NBC Sports Chicago reported on Saturday the league and players are showing a willingness to negotiate in the hopes of getting a deal done for a baseball season in 2020.  

Cease is ready to return. He's also aware of what that could mean from an exposure standpoint.

“As a player, I think you have to embrace that you’re risking the chance of getting (the coronavirus). (You have to) minimize your exposure to the outside world as much as you can during the season," he said. "You can’t expect it to be 100 percent safe.

"We definitely want to play. Obviously, there’s business negotiations that have to go down. We really do want to be on the field when it’s all said and done. Hopefully they can figure it out, we can figure it out.”

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Dylan Cease is ready to play right now

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Dylan Cease is ready to play right now

Major League Baseball is getting close to finding a solution to start a 2020 season. Chuck Garfien discusses and gives updates on what the MLB owners and players are working on to get things started. Later on in the podcast, Garfien is joined by White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease, who is ready and has been ready for the season to get going.

(1:44) - The owners and players are actually getting closer to getting a deal done

(3:58) - Dylan Cease interview

(7:20) - Navigating these unique times as a pro baseball player

(11:30) - Cease on picking up golf during the pandemic

(17:00) - What do minor leaguers think about the reality that they might not have a season

(22:20) - How many innings could Cease pitch if the season started right now?

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White Sox Talk Podcast

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