Chicago White Sox: Matt Harvey

Santiago pitches against childhood team

May, 7, 2013
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NEW YORK -- As he navigated the New York Mets lineup Tuesday night, Hector Santiago found himself taken back to his days growing up as a Mets fan in Newark, N.J. Here he was, on the mound approximately 20 miles from his home, facing the third baseman he grew up rooting for.

"Growing up watching David Wright and me facing him, it's not like I was scared of him or not attack him, but I was just kind of like trying to be better than him because he's somebody I watched growing up and know what he can do," Santiago said. "Coming here was an awesome feeling."

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Mets' Harvey seems familiar to White Sox

May, 7, 2013
5/07/13
10:18
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Matt Harvey AP Photo/Seth WenigMets starter Matt Harvey reacts after striking out the White Sox's Alejandro De Aza in the ninth inning Tuesday.


NEW YORK -- New York Mets starter Matt Harvey made an interleague game feel like an AL Central battle against Detroit's ace for the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

"He's got about as pretty much dominant stuff as anybody we've seen. Kind of the [Justin] Verlander stuff that you see," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after a 1-0 loss in 10 innings. "It's velocity, it's movement. Just presence, everything. He had it all. He's impressive."

The White Sox were helpless against Harvey as he dominated them Tuesday at Citi Field, giving up just one hit, no walks and striking out 12 in nine innings. Harvey, who received a no-decision, had a perfect game through 6⅔ innings before Alex Rios reached on an infield single, Chicago's lone hit of the night.

"He was lights-out the whole night," Rios said. "He didn't make any mistakes, and when you have his stuff, and you don't make mistakes, that should speak by itself."

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