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Contreras cements rotation spot

White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras secured his spot in the rotation by throwing seven strong innings in his first win since July 8 on Wednesday.

The White Sox were on the verge of removing Contreras from his starting role after numerous dismal performances.

What went right for Contreras on Wednesday?

"He had great command of his fastball and splitter," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said after the game. "He got ahead of hitters and didn't have a lot of deep counts."

Kansas City has been Contreras' personal patsy. The 37-year-old right-hander is now 10-4 lifetime against Kansas City with a 3.38 ERA.