White Sox 4, Reds 0

Jose Quintana got off to a great start again. He knows from

experience there’s a long way to go.

Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last

season, tossed three perfect innings for the Chicago White Sox in

their 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The

left-hander pitched a combined 185 innings between Double-A

Birmingham and the majors last year.

”I never had a long season like that,” Quintana said. ”My arm

felt good, but I don’t know if it necessarily was good.”

White Sox teammate Chris Sale experienced the same sort of heavy

workload in his first full season as a major league starter. It was

a learning experience for both. Quintana’s focus this offseason was

to improve his durability with a combination of rest, cardio and

weight work.

”Last year after the season I took a little break,” Quintana

said. ”But after that I went to work and was always thinking about

durability for this year and strength toward the end of the

season.”

He looked fully rested Saturday, striking out two. The Reds

didn’t fare much better against the next five Chicago pitchers,

either, settling for four hits in all.

”We’re not hitting now,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

”We’ll get it straight. This is the time of year when you’re not

ready to hit the breaking ball. If anyone has a breaking ball, he’s

not going to get hit.

”We’re swinging at balls in the dirt and we’re fouling off the

fastball.”

Corner infielder Conor Gillaspie hit his second homer of the

spring and outfield prospect Jared Mitchell homered and doubled in

a run.

”He’s a very aggressive kid at the plate who plays hard,”

Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of Gillaspie, acquired in a

trade from the Giants for a minor league pitcher last week to give

the White Sox another left-handed bat.

Joey Votto doubled for Cincinnati, but Bronson Arroyo struggled

in his first start of the spring.

Quintana shored up the White Sox rotation last season when

opening-day starter John Danks went down with a shoulder injury in

late May. A native of Colombia who had been signed by Chicago as a

minor league free agent in November 2011 after the Yankees left him

off their 40-man roster, Quintana came up from the minor leagues

and made 22 starts, going 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in the first half

before tiring in the second half.

He finished 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA and is now considered a fixture

in the rotation.

”Quintana went out and looked great, looks fresh,” Ventura

said. ”He’s committed to being a big leaguer for a long time and

he comes in with that attitude that he belongs. When he’s out

there, you think he’s been around for a while.”

Arroyo, who had the flu when the team reported to camp, gave up

five hits and two runs in two innings.

”I feel good now,” Arroyo said. ”I feel like I’m on track.

I’ll have five or six outings that should get me to seven innings

before we get out of here, which is what we get every year.”

NOTES: Hector Santiago pitched two scoreless innings for the

White Sox. … Danks, coming back from shoulder surgery, had his

last side session in advance of his first start, which will be

Monday against the Giants. … Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez,

who has been in Miami tending to a family matter, is not expected

back for a couple days, Ventura said. … Jay Bruce got his first

hit of the spring for the Reds, a single. … Armando Galarraga

allowed one run over three innings for the Reds, a homer to

Mitchell. … Jake Peavy makes his first start of the spring Sunday

for the White Sox against the Padres and Clayton Richard in a

matchup of pitchers who were traded for each other in 2009. … The

White Sox waited a week longer than most teams to use their

projected starting pitchers this spring.