Jose Quintana and Chris Sale are two starts away from squaring off when the White Sox play the Red Sox on May 30 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Sale’s presence alone, pitching against his old team, will make for one of the more anticipated events of the Sox’ season. Going up against Quintana, who stepped into the role of staff ace when Sale was traded for four prospects in December, presents the best matchup dimension possible for the Sox.

Quintana’s face lit up just thinking about it Sunday morning.

“I know we throw the same day,” Quintana said. “I think that would be a good matchup, and I would like to face him one time. I hope we can pitch on the same day. If that’s possible, that would be fun. It would be awesome.’’

Sale and Quintana, both left-handers and both All-Stars last season — Sale for the fifth year in a row — always have spoken highly of each other.