Contreras, Santana looking to leave last season behind
Contreras allowed two runs and two hits over three innings Tuesday in a 7-6 loss to the Angels.
“Everything is on course,” Contreras said through an interpreter. “I have put last year out of my mind. I’m using last year as motivation to improve on.”
Contreras was 10-17 with a 5.57 ERA last year. He is trying different arm angles and pitching techniques this year.
“During the season I am going to try to mix up the angle. The normal angle is sort of sidearmed. This year I am working on three-quarters and one down low to try to keep pitches in the zone,” Contreras said. “I want to pitch more three-quarters or higher because last year I pitched too many down low so my velocity came down.”
Contreras was a key figure in Chicago’s 2005 World Series run, going 15-7 with a 3.61 ERA. He went 13-9 a year later.
The Angels Kendry Morales did all the damage against Contreras with a two-run homer in the second inning. One of the runs was unearned.
Santana, coming off a 7-14 year with a 5.76 ERA, doesn’t even want to discuss the 2007 campaign.
He allowed two runs and four hits in 2 2-3 innings against the White Sox, striking out three.
“Spring training is to get ready for the season. I don’t worry about the results right now,” Santana said. “I worry about location and making my pitches.”
Except for a two-run double by Chicago’s A.J. Pierzynski in the first inning, the Angels starter made the pitches he wanted. Santana won 12 games in 2005 and 16 the following year.
Chicago’s Paul Konerko went 3-for-3 to improve his average to .714 (10-for-14). Konerko scored twice and had a double.
Chicago’s Nick Swisher hit a winning two-run double in the ninth off Jeff Kennard. Swisher also doubled and finished with three RBIs.
Chicago RHP Javier Vazquez went back home to Puerto Rico after the birth of a daughter on Tuesday morning. The White Sox expect him back in a few days.