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Levine: Quintana Back On Game In Superb Outing

Jose Quintana pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Comerica Park on July 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Jose Quintana pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Comerica Park on July 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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By Bruce Levine-

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS) — White Sox starter Jose Quintana quieted any doubts about his ability to get hitters out on Sunday.

Entering the game against Colorado the #2 rotation pitcher had a 30.00 ERA. After five innings the LHP had given up one hit as he headed to the showers.

In his previous outing nine consecutive runners reached base before he was relieved without retiring a batter.

“In the last start, it had never happened to me in my career.” Quintana said. “I guess that is going to happen. I need to continue to do my work. This was a good day for me and I am more confident now.”

Quintana will pitch the second game of the regular season on Wednesday April 2 against the Twins. He will have a tune up late next week before heading to the mound in Chicago.

“He was definitely throwing the ball well today,” said catcher Tyler Flowers. “From warm ups on he was throwing the ball pretty good. The big thing was when he missed his spots they were in good locations. Coop emphasized that to him before the game to make good pitches in good spots instead of just trying to throw one over the plate.”

Quintana was the teams only winning starting pitcher in 2013. He was very good (9-7 3.51 ERA) despite having the second worst run support in the American league.