Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana will pitch for the White Sox when they open their weekend series on Friday in Kansas City. Quintana will be followed by Jake Peavy on Saturday and Chris Sale on Sunday.
The Sox (47-38) come out of the All-Star break that extends through Thursday leading the Cleveland Indians by 3 games and the Detroit Tigers by 3 1/2 in the American League Central. After sweeping a three-game series from two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers, the Sox won two of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend.
The Sox open a 10-game road trip in Kansas City against the Royals after the break, followed by four games against the Boston Red Sox and three against the Tigers. Gavin Floyd will likely start the first game of the Red Sox series on July 16, a game that will also mark the return to Fenway Park of White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
Sale, who is expected to pitch an inning in the All-Star Game in Kansas City on Tuesday, was skipped over his last start to extend his rest period going into the second half. Sale, a starting pitcher for the first time in his young career, would have 11 days between starts. Quintana and Peavy will each have seven days rest, although Peavy might pitch in the All-Star Game. He was added to the team on Sunday to replace C.J. Wilson.
By holding Sale till Sunday, the rotation sets up for Sale to face the Tigers in the series opener against Justin Verlander on July 20. Sale would be followed by Floyd and the fifth starter, possibly Philip Humber if he comes off the disabled list as expected.