- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Bartolo Colon pitched six strong innings and Carlos Quentin homered, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 8-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

After a rough spring training, Colon handled the Twins’ lineup with relative ease. He allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts, helping the White Sox end a three-game skid.

Colon (1-0) is back with Chicago after going 15-13 in 2003 with a 3.87 ERA. He went on to win the 2005 AL Cy Young Award as a member of the Angels, but has made just 35 starts since because of injuries.

The White Sox took a chance on Colon in the offseason by signing him to a one-year, $1 million deal after he was limited to seven starts with Boston last season because of back trouble.

The burly right-hander, who had a 9.90 ERA in spring training, set down the side in order in the sixth and walked off to applause from the crowd of 33,935.

Wilson Betemit hit a two-out double in the fourth off Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano, and Alexei Ramirez snapped an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI single to put Chicago ahead.

After taking the loss in Minnesota’s opener against Seattle on Monday, Liriano couldn’t get through the fifth inning. He walked in a run with four straight balls to Jermaine Dye, then walked Paul Konerko with the bases loaded to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead.

Carlos Quentin scored on Betemit’s fielder’s choice, and Ramirez chased Liriano with another RBI single to make it 5-0.

Liriano (0-2) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.

After batting around in the fifth inning, the White Sox did it again in the seventh. Quentin homered for the second straight game off Twins reliever Philip Humber, and Corky Miller hit a two-run single to make it 8-0.

Dye robbed Jason Kubel of extra bases when he made a running catch at the right-field fence in the second.

Notes:@ Twins C Joe Mauer is scheduled to begin a running program early next week, manager Ron Gardenhire said. Gardenhire added that Mauer is attempting to speed up his recovery schedule but team doctors are holding him back. “Everything has gone really good. Catching, bullpens and hitting on the field,” Gardenhire said. “He feels great. He wants to push the envelope. He wants to go.” The team has declined to give a timetable for the two-time All-Star’s return.

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