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Lost and found

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The smile on Jose Contreras' face said it all on Sunday.
No interpreter needed.
"I found it,'' the White Sox right-handed pitcher insisted.
What he found in his last outing on Saturday was an out-pitch - his splitter - that had been hiding from him throughout the spring. With Contreras and pitching coach Don Cooper working in his Wednesday bullpen session and getting the location of his fastball more consistent, the hope was that the forkball would finally show itself against the Diamondbacks in the spring finale.
It did, as Contreras started the game, throwing four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, while fanning three.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said during Sunday's workout that he and Cooper still hadn't decided if Contreras or Bartolo Colon would be the four or five, but either way, the club has a bit more of a swagger knowing that each of their veterans pitched well in their final tune-up.
"I have to sit down with Coop and see the matchups,'' Guillen said. "If it's a speed team, I like them to face Colon because he's faster than Jose to the plate. I'm excited about the way they threw [Saturday}. I never thought they would throw that well in a big game for them, for us, to make our minds clear about we have.''
Colon threw five scoreless in that same game.

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