The Chicago White Sox's bats are ready for the big one-game makeup with the Detroit Tigers on Monday, as the offense battered Minnesota pitching all weekend long, wrapping up with a 9-2 laugher Sunday that capped a three-game sweep of the Twins.
That included another homer for Adam Dunn -- his 39th of the season -- as well as Dayan Viciedo homering for his 21st time and driving in three runs.
It was a welcome sight for Jake Peavy, who has been the hard-luck pitcher for the Sox all season as far as run support.
Better news for the Sox was that while the bats seem ready for Detroit, so does rookie Jose Quintana. The left-hander was supposed to start Saturday but was pulled and backed up two games, not only because it gave him extra rest, but more important, he was the only Sox starting pitcher to beat Detroit in the last series.
"I don't see it as putting pressure myself," Quintana said of the showdown. "That's kind of how I go about it each outing. But I know it's an important game for us, and so I'm going to go out there and do the best I can in order to help this team get a win."
The Sox have been keeping a small buffer between themselves and the Tigers throughout the season, and this will be the last head-to-head meeting between the two in 2012, at least in the regular season. Chicago's lead is up to two games after the Tigers blew a ninth-inning lead and lost 7-6 to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
The last time Quintana faced Detroit was the opening game last week, and he allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.
"It especially feels good when management has confidence in me to go out there and perform, so I'm going to go out there and do the best I can," Quintana said.
His arm feels fine even though he has never put in this many innings at any level before.
"It actually does feel good about this time of the season to get a couple of extra days," Quintana said. "It gives your arm a little bit more strength so I'll feel good for (Monday)."
As far as a game plan for facing the Tigers, in his previous two starts before he handled Detroit last week, Quintana struggled while looking to go inside to the right-handed hitters. In his Sept. 10 outing, he pounded them to the outside. So the chess match continues.
"That's one of those adjustments I made, and it kind of worked for me the last time we played them, so I'm going to go along with the same game plan," he said. "I think they were looking more for the inside, so I went out, so I'm probably just going to do that again."