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- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 4:22
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This wasn't the way Chris Sale pictured his return to Chicago. And while the Sox do have a lot to be proud of, some things haven't gone the way they envisioned heading into the 2017 season. He struck out the side in the first inning before the White Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the second after the Red Sox took a 4-0 lead in the top half.
"I had a lot of good times here - a lot of friends still over there", said Sale, who pitches against his former team for the first time on Tuesday night. I really was. And my guys picked me up tonight.
But he said Monday he had no regrets during his time with the White Sox and added that "I can't change the past, just try to become better in the future". I just want to be ready when I get my chance up here to be ready to take advantage of it. He walked back-to-back batters. These are two of the most important team stats offensively, and they show that the Red Sox have not been making life easy for the opposing pitchers.
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The Red Sox then pulled Pedroia in the second with a sprained wrist, and manager John Farrell said the 2008 AL MVP was headed back to Boston for tests. "So we're grateful he's in our uniform". Last year, he posted an ERA of 3.99 in a league-leading 35 starts and 230 innings. George Springer homered and Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel each hit RBI doubles during the Astros' six-run second inning. He said, 'Hey, I'm in town. "It will be a different feeling watching him go against me after the last four years when he was my teammate". Last night, he hit both of dingers off curveballs.
Parker Bridwell (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits in six-plus innings in his first major league start.
This season, Sale is back to "striking out the world", as Cooper said. A year ago, Porcello went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP en route to earning Cy Young honors. Even through all of that, Sale's efforts were still not enough to get the White Sox into the postseason, and he is looking to get there for the first time this season with the Red Sox. Those who dislike him, the crowd that thinks he's a colossal waste of money with the skin thickness of President Trump, have already made up their minds.
Tonight's game aside, Sale may be the best starting pitcher in the American League. The left-hander was promoted from Triple-A Omaha when the Royals placed Danny Duffy on the disabled list Monday with an oblique strain.
"A little piece of my heart will always be here for sure", Sale said of the warm welcome home from the fans. I'm appreciative of everybody involved that got me to this point. I think the wild card and overall parity has altered that some, pushing the date of baseball reality well into the summer, but it's worth noting that the White Sox are only two games worse than the Cubs right now and have a better pythagorean record.