Manager Robin Ventura is slightly hesitant to name Chris Sale the White Sox's opening-day starter despite an endorsement from Jake Peavy.
"It's not his call," Ventura said with a smile Friday after Sale threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings against the Indians in his first spring training start. "I'll take care of it later. Contrary to Jake, I'll take care of it."
Sale, meanwhile, learned a lesson that should will serve him well in the likely event he is named to open against the Royals on April 1. After working at a rapid pace in the first inning, Sale settled down and finished with three strikeouts. Sale worked out of a jam in the first and gave up two hits and issued one walk overall.
"I just felt like I was going a million miles an hour," said Sale, who struck out Michael Bourn -- twice. "Hector (Gimenez) came out and said, 'Slow it down.' When I threw my off-speed stuff, it kind of slowed me down and got me back to where I was. Thanks to him, I was able to pull it out."
Sale, who won 17 games in his first full season as a starting pitcher, described his outing as a good building block because of how he rebounded after a rocky first. Sale threw 29 of his 48 pitches for strikes.
The bigger honor for Sale would be to earn the opening-day nod.
"I was a kid in the candy shop the last couple of opening days, so to actually be playing would mean the world to me," Sale said.
Ventura hesitant to name Sale opening day starter
Chicago Tribune | Mar 2