There should be no shortage of young arms on display during Friday's doubleheader between the White Sox and Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.
Although the pitching matchups have not been finalized, the White Sox have said they will start left-handers Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana, in an undetermined order. Trevor Bauer will get the nod in the first game for the Indians, while Carlos Carrasco gets the start in Game 2.
All four are age 26 or younger.
Quintana (3-2, 3.83 ERA) has not picked up a decision in any of his previous five starts, and he last earned a win on May 21. Three of those last five outings have been 5 1/3 innings or shorter. On Saturday, Quintana gave up two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 at Kansas City, striking out four and walking one.
Santiago (3-5, 3.03 ERA) owns a 2.68 ERA in his eight starts. His last three appearances have come as a starter, and he has taken advantage, holding the opposition to five earned runs in 19 2/3 innings while striking out 19 and allowing a .174 average. On June 21, he gave the White Sox a career-high eight innings, limiting the Royals to one run on three hits in a 9-1 win.
"I wanted to see how many strikes I could throw," Santiago said. "We got the early lead and kept adding to it. You want to go out there every inning and show your team you can get them back in the dugout so they can keep scoring."
The Indians optioned Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, in need of an extra man in the bullpen. Although players usually must remain in the Minors for 10 days, barring an injury, Carrasco could come back as the 26th man allowed for doubleheaders.
Carrasco is 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA in four starts this season, his first big league action since 2011. Three of those starts have been shorter than five innings, including his outing on Sunday against the Twins. Carrasco allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 4 2/3.
Bauer, the Indians' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, has spent most of the season at Columbus, while making three spot starts for Cleveland and going 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA. He hasn't appeared since the second half of a doubleheader against the Yankees on May 13, when he allowed two earned runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Indians: Kipnis on fire
• June has been an amazing month for Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.
He's hitting .398 (33-for-83) in June, the sixth highest average in the Majors. He also ranks in the top five in on-base percentage.
"Every time he hits a ball, he runs to first like his pants are on fire. I know that's not the end all, be all, but it still makes you feel good," Francona said. "You know that when he goes out, he's going to give you everything he has in every at-bat and every play. That's a good feeling."
Kipnis has also reached base in 29 straight games and is batting .388 in 13 career games at U.S. Cellular Field, with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
White Sox: Konerko dealing with back issue
• Paul Konerko missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday due to a stiff back. Konerko and Adam Dunn have been splitting time between first base and designated hitter to try to keep Konerko healthy.
The 37-year-old has struggled for much of the season, but is 18-for-52 (.346) with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in his past 14 games.
• An error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez let in a pair of unearned runs against John Danks on Wednesday night, continuing Chicago's season-long defensive problems. Manager Robin Ventura's club now has permitted 34 unearned runs, four more than all of last season, while committing 55 errors, only 15 short of last year's total.
• The Indians maintain the Majors' best winning percentage in one-run games this season at .682 (15-7).
• Cleveland is 3-2 so far in the teams' season series, including a two-game split in Chicago.