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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%: 98/93 | Average Draft Position: 12.65
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White Sox push Chris Sale start back to Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) White Sox super lefty Chris Sale would be on his regular rest Sunday, but will pitch Monday instead against Toronto, per ESPN.com.

A lack of run support has kept Sale winless since June 8. He has fanned at least 10 in eight consecutive starts, tying a record set by Pedro Martinez.

Carlos Rodon will get the start on Sunday against the Orioles.


White Sox SP Chris Sale fans 12 in Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Although White Sox pitcher Chris Sale pitched another masterful performance Tuesday, he received a no-decision during the 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

Sale allowed one run on six hits over eight innings of work. He also struck out 12 and walked one during the outing. His lone mistake was giving up a solo home run to Randal Grichuk in the fourth inning.

Sale has now struck out at least 10 batters in his last eight starts, but he is winless in his last four outings.


White Sox SP Chris Sale fans 10 in Wednesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was able to extend his double-digit strikeout streak during Wednesday's start, but the White Sox lost 6-1 to the Twins.

Sale allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. The 10 strikeouts extended his double-digit streak to seven games. He is now 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA on the season.

Despite striking out 36 batters over his last three starts, Sale is 0-2 over that period. Wednesday's start also broke his streak of receiving a quality start in his last eight starts. Sale also saw his streak of recording at least one strikeout in an inning end at 38 innings.


Chris Sale strikes out 14 in no-decision for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was dominant in Friday's start against Texas, but he had to settle for a no-decision after a blown save by the bullpen. 

Sale struck out 14, tying a record with five consecutive games of 12 strikeouts or more, tying Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

"It's an honor to get my name mentioned with them, but it's something more for you guys and friends and family," Sale said. "I'm here for one reason and that's winning ballgames. All the other stuff is more of a distraction than anything, really."

Sale threw eight shutout innings, allowing two hits and not walking a batter. 

Sale left with a one-run lead, but it didn't stand up. His next start will be Wednesday against Minnesota. 


White Sox SP Chris Sale strikes out 12 in Sunday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Despite continuing his double-digit strike out streak, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was not able to earn a win during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Rays.

"Sale did a tremendous job," White Sox bench coach and interim manager Mark Parent said, per MLB.com. "We just need to pick it up offensively, that's for sure."

Sale allowed two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. His biggest mistake was giving up a two-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the seventh inning. He threw 125 pitches during the start.

"The maturity of Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof, just on and off the field," Parent said. "It seems like he has really matured in my opinion to that next level, almost superstar-type guys. He knows that people depend on him, the team depends on him to come out each time there's a two-game losing streak to win a ballgame." 

Sale (6-3) struck out 12 and walked three during the outing, but he received a loss for this effort. He has now struck out 12 or more batters in four-straight games. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday against the Rangers.


White Sox SP Chris Sale fans 14 in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters during Monday's 3-1 win over the Astros.

"I try to just come in every day and do my job," Sale said, per MLB.com. "If it's good, it's good. If it's bad, it's bad. Just go out there and give it everything I've got."

Sale allowed one run on five hits over eight innings of work. He also only walked one batter during the outing. He earned his sixth win of the season and his ERA now stands at 3.04.

Sale (6-2) has now recorded double-digit strike outs in his last four starts and he has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last six starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at Tampa Bay.


White Sox's Chris Sale strikes out 13 in gem vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale earned a win on Wednesday, allowing just three hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while racking up 13 strikeouts in his team's 9-2 victory over the Rangers.

Sale (5-2) was boosted by a six-run second inning from his offense and cruised to the win, delivering his season high for strikeouts and his third straight double-digit performance in the category along the way. He's allowed six earned runs in 38 2/3 innings while striking out 53 batters in his last five starts.

"Any time you go out there and you feel like you get in a rhythm, that’s all pitching really is is finding a groove, getting in a rhythm, just trying to — I wouldn’t say be comfortable — but find the groove and ride it as long as you can," Sale said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "They don’t last forever."

Sale owns a 3.27 ERA and 79:16 K:BB ratio in 66 innings after Wednesday's gem. He's slated to face the Astros at home on Monday.


White Sox SP Chris Sale strikes out 12 in dominant performance


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale was dominant in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, as he struck out a season-best 12 in a 3-2 win. The left-hander allowed just four hits and no walks in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

"Historically, I have been pretty terrible against this team," Sale said, per the Chicago Sun Times. "So it was nice to be able to turn that around."

Sale (4-2) got off to a blistering start Thursday. He struck out the side in the first inning and retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Everth Cabrera in the third inning.

Sale gave up another two-out single in the fourth inning, and two more singles in the seventh inning.

He was lifted after striking out the first two batters in the eighth. Sale also struck out five straight batters at one point, with the streak starting in the bottom of the fifth.

Sale has at least 10 strikeouts in three of his last four starts. He had no 10-plus strikeout games in his first five starts.

Thursday also marked the first time Sale beat Baltimore in four starts. The Orioles were the only AL team he did not have a win against.

He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Texas.


White Sox Chris Sale loses second game of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale dropped to 3-2 with a loss to Minnesota on Saturday. 

Sale lost for the first time since April 30, allowing four runs, three earned, in eight innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and gave up a pair of home runs.

With 10 strikeouts, it was the third time in four starts that Sale has had double-digit strikeouts.

"I basically lost the game right there in the second inning, giving up two homers. I just have to be down with it. No matter how hard it is if it's up they're going to take advantage," said Sale, per the Daily Herald.

Sale's next start is scheduled for Thursday, at Baltimore.  


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.