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49 Chris Sale SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/180 | Birthdate: 3/30/1989 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 98/87 | Average Draft Position: 12.71
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White Sox starter Chris Sale takes no-decision despite eight strong IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale allowed one run on four hits and fanned seven in eight innings Monday but had to settle for a no-decision against the Indians.

The one run allowed by Sale was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jose Ramirez in the third inning.

The outing was Sale's second straight where he allowed two or fewer runs in eight innings of work.

Sale's next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Twins.

White Sox SP Chris Sale twirls 11 K gem vs. Milwaukee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale went eight innings strong and struck 11 to earn his third win of the season Tuesday night against Milwaukee.

Sale (3-1) allowed a run to score on a ground out in the first inning and permitted a solo home to Elian Herrera in the fifth for his only damage of the evening. He was charged with two earned runs on three hits and two walks over eight innings. Of his 110 pitches, 77 were strikes.

"Every hitter you looked up and you felt like it was 0-2. He was ahead of every hitter. He's got a nice arsenal," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

Sale lowered his ERA 5.09, with a 1.36 WHIP through six starts. He owns a 36:9 K:BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings. His next start will come Monday against Cleveland.


White Sox pitching coach: Chris Sale's trying to do too much


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has had a rough go of it in his last couple of outings. Sale has allowed 10 runs in his last 10 innings with just six strikeouts. Pitching coach Don Cooper thinks he has the answer to his struggles, according to MLB.com.

"You see his velocity up a mile or a mile and a half and you see the walks. He's just overdoing it," said Cooper. "Trying to do too much: not pitching, more throwing. We need more of a combination.

"He can do that from time to time. He has reached back -- and literally what I've seen is he's really reaching back. Also, the other day, he got a little bit out of control [with] his emotions and poise and got frustrated. That's it: He's overdoing it."

Cooper also noted Sale has some mechanical issues to work out.

"It's out of the norm for him," Cooper said. "When we do have a chance to sit down with him, we are going to show him -- and it's going to be real obvious when he sees it what's going on."

Sale has a 5.93 ERA in four starts to begin the season.


White Sox SP Chris Sale drops appeal of five-game suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension and will begin serving it Thursday, according to CSN Chicago. Sale was suspended for his actions during an April 23 brawl with the Royals.

Sale took a no-decision in his fifth start of the season Wednesday against the Tigers. He was slated to make his next start Monday at Milwaukee, but he will not be eligible to return until Tuesday. Sale is expected to start the next day after his suspension ends, per the Chicago Sun-Times.


White Sox ace Chris Sale not sharp once again on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) It's not very often that White Sox starter Chris Sale has a bad start. It's even less often that he has back-to-back rough outings. But that's what happened on Wednesday against the Tigers. 

After getting knocked around by the Twins in his last start on April 30, Sale gave up five runs on seven hits, walking a career-matching-high five walks in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against Detroit. This is the first time since 2012 that Sale has had consecutive non-quality starts.

"You're going to have good ones, you're going to have bad ones," Sale said, per MLB.com. "You're going to have a few good ones in a row, you're going to have a few bad ones in a row."

In his last two starts, Sale has surrendered an eye-popping 13 earned runs in just 8 1/3 innings. Is there reason for concern here? The team doesn't exactly think so.

"I think he's going to be all right," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think when he doesn't think too much and he just goes out and pitches is when he's at his best."


White Sox P Chris Sale allows 5 runs, strikes out 6 in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale gave up five runs and earned a no-decision in Wednesday night's 7-6 win over the Tigers. 

Sale went 5 1/3 innings and managed to strike out six batters in the process. However, he also walked five. Sale's ERA is now 5.93 for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 12 against the Brewers. 


White Sox P Chris Sale struggles in loss against Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale had a terrible outing on the mound in Thursday evening's 12-2 loss to the Twins. 

In three innings, Sale gave up nine runs — eight earned — on nine hits. Sale faced a whopping 21 batters in the few innings he was in for. Seven of the nine runs came in the third inning.

"Hitting is contagious. You give a team like that some energy and they are going to roll with it," Sale said after the game, per MLB.com. "That's what they did. They took advantage when they could and they got me."

That was Sale's first loss of the season as he's now 2-1. 

Sale's next start is projected for May 6 against the Tigers. 


White Sox reorder pitching rotation with schedule now set


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) With the White Sox's scheduling situation apparently settled, the team has reordered its pitching rotation and will now start Jeff Samardzija Wednesday in Baltimore and then set its rotation order for their four-game series in Minnesota as: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi and John Danks, per ESPN.com.

Monday's and Tuesday's White Sox games in Baltimore were postponed due to the civil unrest in the city.


Fight suspensions might get Carlos Rodon in White Sox rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon may end up getting his first career start, thanks to a bench clearing brawl. 

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale both received five game suspensions that would require them to miss a start. That means Rodon may be called on to fill in. 

"Certainly Carlos is stretched out and does have the ability to start should he be needed," general manager Rick Hahn said, per ESPN. "At the same time we need to balance that against keeping him on the current program [a long-man relief role], as well as some of the other potential alternatives we have within the system to make a spot start should we get to that point. So it is a possibility, but not one we are ready to commit to just at this time."


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija 'not proud' of brawl with Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija seemed at least somewhat regretful a day after leaving the bench to join a brawl with the Royals on Friday. 

"You're not happy about it, you're not proud of it," Samardzija said Friday, via CSN Chicago

Samardzija drew plenty of criticism for his role considering he wasn't pitching Thursday night, yet decided to engage in the scrum. According to the Chicago Tribune, multiple Royals players said they do not approve of Samardzija's demeanor in games.

"For me, I'm not a big fan of him," Lorenzo Cain said. "I don't know what the deal is.”

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was also among those ejected in the game. He said he wants to turn the page, saying his team is "not a fight club," according to the Tribune


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


White Sox starter Chris Sale moves to 2-0 with win on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale improved to 2-0 on Saturday with six strong innings against the Tigers.

Sale allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six to earn the victory.

J.D. Martinez connected for a solo homer off Sale.

"Man, yeah, It really takes all the pressure off," Sale said about his run support. "You still have to perform and get through it. I don't think I've ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive."

Sale's next start is schedule for Thursday against the Royals.


White Sox move up Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale in pitching rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With the White Sox gearing up for a three-game series against the Tigers, manager Robin Ventura moved up Jeff Samardzija's start to Friday, with Chris Sale starting Saturday, reports ESPN.com.

The White Sox have an off day Thursday after their two-game series against the Indians and Ventura is considering starting Jose Quintana on Sunday.

"There's a possibility [Jose Quintana] comes back there," Ventura said. "There's an off day so you can see him making that one, or you can have Hector Noesi at that point. There's a chance to be able to do that. As of right now, we don't know who that's going to be -- it's to be determined at this point."


White Sox ace Chris Sale strikes out eight, wins debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale picked up a win in his season debut Sunday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 6-2 victory over the Twins.

Sale (1-0) got a late start to the season due to a foot injury but looked to be in top form Sunday. His only blemish came in the third inning, when the Twins managed to wrap a pair of doubles around his first out of the inning; Sale came back to strike out the final two batters of the third.

"You learn to enjoy those kind of matchups when you're facing the best the game has to offer," Twins manager Paul Molitor said after the game, per MLB.com. "You know it's going to be challenging, but that's what players want to be. They want to be challenged. He's tough. He has got that funky delivery and arm slot and three plus-pitches."

The White Sox have a pair of off-days next week, so Sale's next start isn't set in stone, but he should be set to face the Tigers in Detroit next weekend.


White Sox reinstate Sunday starter Chris Sale from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and is set to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins.

Sale was unable to start on Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot, but he winds up missing only one start at the beginning of the seaosn. He is expected to be limited to six innings or about 90 pitches in Sunday's start.

The White Sox are favorites (-140) against the Twins Sunday.


White Sox send down Carlos Sanchez to clear space for Chris Sale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) In order to clear the way for ace Chris Sale on Sunday, the White Sox optioned second baseman Carlos Sanchez down to Triple-A Charlotte following Saturday's game against Minnesota, per ESPN. The 22-year-old Venezuelan prospect went 2 for 3 on April 8 -- his only appearance of the season.

Ventura: Chris Sale will be limited to six innings or 90-95 pitches


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) White Sox ace Chris Sale will not be used for more than six innings or 90-95 pitches, whichever comes first, manager Robin Ventura told reporters on Friday, per ESPN. On Wednesday, Sale was cleared to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins after missing Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot.

"If (the injury) was his arm, that would be one thing, but he's looked great in the past of just his mechanics and watching him in spring getting closer and closer to where he is now," Ventura said. "We're pretty happy with where he is now with that and you want to make sure you're not running him out there and not getting him overextended."


White Sox SP Chris Sale: 'I'm not hurt anymore'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) White Sox ace Chris Sale has been cleared to make his season debut Sunday against the Twins after missing Opening Day due to an avulsion fracture in his foot, MLB.com reports.

"It's behind me," Sale said of his foot injury Wednesday. "I was hurt. I'm not hurt any more. It's time to take the blinders off and run the race."

Sale wasn't able to face big-league hitters at any point during spring training, but he doesn't anticipate that being a problem moving forward.

"Knock on wood, I feel better than I have and it saves some bullets," Sale said. "I don't know how much emphasis I'm going to put on not having all the innings that some of the other guys have, but I'm hoping it means my arm just feels a little better than theirs does. Got to save a few bullets and hopefully they come out in October."

Sale finished third in the AL Cy Young voting last season after going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 208:39 K:BB ratio in 174 innings over 26 starts.


White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (foot) likely to start Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) After throwing 72 pitches over five innings during a minor-league game Monday, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale appears ready to start Sunday's game against the Twins, the team announced.

Sale is in line to start Sunday's game as long as there are no unforeseen adjustments to the starting rotation.

"He's ready to go," pitching coach Don Cooper said, per CSN Chicago.

Sale is starting the season on the 15-day DL with a foot injury.


White Sox place Chris Sale, Jake Petricka, Eric Surkamp on 15-day DL


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox have placed pitchers Chris Sale (foot), Jake Petricka (right forearm), and Eric Surkamp (back strain) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27, the team announced Sunday. 

Sale missed all of spring training after breaking a bone in his foot in late February.


White Sox pitcher Chris Sale strikes out 13 in rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw six innings Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits with 13 strikeouts on 90 pitches against Class-A hitters.

"I felt really good. It was nice to get back on the mound and do what I am supposed to do, honestly," Sale told reporters after the outing, per MLB.com. "Stinks being on rehab the whole time so it was nice to be a pitcher again and be in a game situation. My breaking ball was kind of [lousy] today. I left it up a lot arm side, probably because I was rushing a little bit. But other than that, everything felt fine."

Sale is recovering from a foot injury suffered in late February and has thrown simulated games as a part of his rehab. He appears on track to make his regular-season debut April 12 and will make another start Monday in an attempt to throw about 100 pitches without issue.


White Sox ace Chris Sale to pitch in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (foot) is slated to throw 90 pitches or six innings in a minor-league game Wednesday, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chris Sale takes fielding practice with White Sox pitchers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale took pitchers' fielding practice with the rest of the staff on Saturday, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.

Sale has been throwing simulated games and is nearing a comeback to game action after suffering a broken foot earlier in camp. 


White Sox SP Chris Sale could pitch in minors game in five days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (foot), who threw a short bullpen on Wednesday, threw a 75-pitch simulated game on Friday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Sale is rehabbing from a broken foot, and called his outing a "big confidence builder." He could start in a minor-league game in approximately five days.

White Sox SP Chris Sale tosses short bullpen Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw a short bullpen session Wednesday as he continued to progress toward an April 12 debut, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Sale is rehabbing from a broken foot. He's tentatively scheduled to pitch three times in "game-like settings," with his first action expected to come in a simulated game Friday. He could also see time in a Cactus League game and one start in extended spring training before making his debut, if he continues to progress well.