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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%: 98/86 | Average Draft Position: 12.11
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White Sox SP Chris Sale allows career-high 12 hits in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale was not his usual dominant self, allowing a career-high 12 hits in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday. 

Sale (9-6) was struck on the leg by a hit early in the game, and from that point, did not seem to have his best stuff. Over five innings, he allowed seven runs, the fourth-most he has allowed in his career. He did strike out seven batters, but the Red Sox did not seem to have trouble hitting him. 

It was Sale's shortest start since April 30, when he went just three innings in a loss to the Twins. He had won three of his previous four starts in July. 


White Sox SP Chris Sale takes big lead and cruises to win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) The victory for White Sox stud starter Chris Sale was not official until nine innings were played. But he pretty much had it won before he took the mound. His team scored five runs for him in the top of the first.

Game, set, match.

Sale was his usual efficient and dominant self against the Indians. He allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. His lone hiccups were an RBI single by Jesus Aguilar in the fifth and run-scoring double by Giovany Urshela in the seventh.

The southpaw rebounded quite nicely from a rare poor outing Sunday. He has raised his record to 9-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.85.


Chris Sale has two game win streak snapped for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale gave up a season-high 11 hits in a loss to Kansas City on Sunday. 

Sale had a personal two-game winning streak snapped after allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six, just the second time in his last 11 starts that he's fanned fewer than 10 batters. 


White Sox to start Chris Sale on Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The White Sox will turn to pitcher Chris Sale to start Sunday's game against the Royals, the team announced.

Sale did not pitch during the All-Star game and his last start came on July 11.


Chris Sale among five AL All Star pitchers not to appear in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Five American League pitchers didn't appear in the All Star Game on Tuesday. 

The pitchers who didn't appear were: Brad Boxberger, Rays; Kelvin Herrera, Royals; Darren O’Day , Orioles; Chris Sale, White Sox; Hector Santiago, Angels.

The American League got every position player into the All Star Game. 


White Sox ace Chris Sale will likely not pitch in ASG


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2015) The desire of Robin Ventura to keep White Sox ace Chris Sale off the mound Tuesday night in the All-Star Game is apparently being heeded by American League manager Ned Yost.

Yost said Sale would only pitch in an emergency, per the Kansas City Star.

The Sox want Sale available immediately upon their return off the break, especially considering they play a doubleheader against Kansas City on Friday.

Sale owns an 8-4 record and 2.72 ERA.


White Sox SP Chris Sale to pitch in All-Star Game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/13/2015) One day after his manager expressed his concern about pitching in the All-Star Game due to his heavy workload, White Sox starter Chris Sale will pitch on Tuesday, per the Chicago Tribune

White Sox skipper Robin Ventura said "it would be nice" for Sale to rest, but Royals manager Ned Yost, the AL boss, spoke with Ventura and worked out a plan for Sale to throw. 

"I'm going to pitch him," Yost said during a radio interview. "I've talked to Robin. We're OK. He's definitely going to pitch in the game."

Sale is 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA and will be taking part in his fourth All-Star contest. 


White Sox manager doesn't want Chris Sale to pitch at All-Star Game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura made it clear on Sunday that he would prefer that Chris Sale doesn't throw during the All-Star Game on Tuesday, per the Chicago Tribune.

Ventura wants his ace to get some extra rest during the break, instead of pitching in his fourth consecutive All-Star Game. Sale is 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 119 1/3 innings so far this season, including a 10-strikeout performance on Saturday during his last outing before the break.

“I think yesterday he was amped up,” Ventura said. “Just philosophy-wise, pitch count and everything in this environment, he was exerting everything he had. It would be nice (for him to rest), definitely.

“He is (our only representative). But I also want him to pitch for us for the rest of the year too.”

A four-time All-Star, Sale said he understands the importance of rest, but that he has enjoyed throwing in the Summer Classic and would like to do so again this year.

“Those aren’t my decisions to make,” Sale said. “I understand where he’s coming from. I respect it. I’ve got to put this team first and foremost. This is the team I’m playing for and that I have a future with.”

“I’ve enjoyed pitching in the past. I would like to. But at the same time, that’s a decision for him to make. He’s going to make the right one.”


White Sox ace Chris Sale back to fanning 10 in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) White Sox ace Chris Sale apparently didn't like having his 10-strikeout streak ended Monday. So he started a new one Saturday.

Sale fanned 10 in seven innings to frustrate the crosstown Cubs. He allowed one run on six hits and one walk in snagging a second straight win, raising his record to 8-4 and shrinking his ERA to 2.72, its lowest point since April 23.

The left-hander didn't get the Cubs out in order until the fifth, but did retire nine straight at one point. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera ruined his shutout.

Despite it all, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was unimpressed. He's gotten spoiled.

"Obviously he pitched a good game, but I've seen him better," Cooper told MLB.com. "I'll take this every time, but I've seen him better."

Sale has given up just four runs in his last 24 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts over three starts.


White Sox SP Chris Sale throws complete game in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Although White Sox pitcher Chris Sale did not reach double digits in strikeouts, he was dominant throughout Monday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Sale allowed two runs on six hits over nine innings of work. He also struck out six and did not walk a batter. His lone mistakes were giving up solo home runs to Chris Colabello in the third and Josh Donaldson in the sixth inning.

Sale broke his eight-game streak of double-digit strikeouts during Monday's outing, but he did receive his first win in his last five starts. He has allowed a total of three runs over his last two starts.


AL reserves announced for 2015 MLB All-Star game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The American League reserves for the 2015 MLB All-Star game were announced Monday and the following players were selected:

Catcher: Russell Martin, Blue Jays; Stephen Vogt, Athletics

First Base: Prince Fielder, Rangers; Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of injured Miguel Cabrera); Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)

Second Base: Jason Kipnis, Indians

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Tigers

Third Base: Manny Machado, Orioles

Outfield: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Adam Jones, Orioles; J.D. Martinez, Tigers

Utility: Brock Holt, Red Sox

Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray, Athletics; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; David Price, Tigers; Dallas Keuchel, Astros; Chris Sale, White Sox; Zach Britton, Orioles; Chris Archer, Rays

Relief Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Yankees; Brad Boxberger, Rays; Zach Britton, Orioles; Wade Davis, Royals; Kelvin Herrera, Royals; Darren O'Day, Orioles; Glen Perkins, Twins

The following players are eligible to be voted in during the final Fan Vote: SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers; OF Brett Gardner, Yankees; 2B Brian Dozier, Twins; 3B Mike Moustakas, Royals


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."