Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A gem from Jose Quintana ended the Chicago
White Sox's longest losing streak in 35 years, though the left-hander's
efforts were overshadowed by the return of a member of the opposite dugout.
Alex Rodriguez's controversial season debut wound up a night to forget for
Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees, who were held squarely in check by
Quintana in an 8-1 loss to the previously slumping White Sox that opened a
Rodriguez, now recovered from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip
performed in January, was activated from the 60-day disabled list for his
first major league action since last October's ALCS, despite the star slugger
being levied a 211-game suspension by the league office earlier on Monday for
allegedly purchasing and using prohibited performance-enhancing substances
from the South Florida-based anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America.
The three-time AL MVP's ban, set to run through the entire 2014 season,
officially kicks in on Thursday. However, Rodriguez has elected to appeal the
penalty and will be eligible to play until his case is heard by an arbitrator.
Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with a single in his initial at-bat, one of eight
hits allowed by Quintana (6-3) over a 6 2/3-inning stint in which he permitted
just the one run.
Ironically, Quintana was suspended 50 games for using a banned substance while
in the New York Mets' minor league system in 2007.
His effort enabled Chicago to halt a 10-game skid, the club's worst since an
equal drought from June 11-20, 1976, though Quintana had plenty of help from a
lineup that battered Pettitte (7-9) for seven runs and 11 hits in only 2 2/3
innings of work.
Alex Rios drove in four runs and Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI to
lead the charge. Gordon Beckham added two hits, including an RBI single, while
Jeff Keppinger ended 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the rout.
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