Rookie lefthander Jose Quintana gets the ball tonight to start the crucial series against the Detroit Tigers, a team he will face for the first time.
``Definitely it's exciting, but I take it like any other game,'' he said. ``But it is a big game for the team. We're excited about the series.''
Quintana will make his 19th start of the season, but first against the Tigers, as he tries to rebound from a career-worst outing last week against the Minnesota Twins when he gave up seven runs in less than two innings.
``I've been working on some things. I wanted to work on coming out of the stretch. That's something I felt needed to get a little more work. It felt good and hopefully that will come across.
``My confidence hasn't changed. Some rough outings happen. You just go about business and every day is a new day,'' he said.
Manager Robin Ventura said Quintana needs to focus on keeping things close more than worrying about innings.
``We're not asking him to go nine. If he goes five, we'll look at six,'' he said.
Adam Dunn admitted Sunday he probably should have stayed out longer than two days last week when he missed time because of pain in his right oblique.
``Looking back, I probably would have missed a couple days in Minnesota and probably would have been fine now, but me being stupid probably cost me a couple days, to be honest.''
Dunn is getting daily treatments after re-injuring his side on a swing while playing last Wednesday. He could miss the four-game Detroit series.
``I have to [have it heal],'' he said. ``I was trying to do things I'm not capable of hitting singles. That's not helping anybody.''
Dunn said swinging ``feels terrible. It feels like a hot knife. I can deal with an ankle [injury]. I can deal with anything. It gets to the point where it makes you mad because you sneeze and you're doubled over. It feels like you just ripped it in half and it just makes you mad.''
--Class AAA Charlotte advanced to the International League's championship series after a 6-4 victory Saturday against Indianapolis. The Knights open play in the Governor's Cup Championship series Tuesday against Pawtucket, the Class AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
--Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was scratched from Sunday's lineup after being arriving later than the scheduled reporting time. Ramirez is hitting .352 (25-71) with three home runs and 14 RBI in his last 21 games.