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Warm Chicago reception for Sale

09 June 2017

He didn't make it to the sixth inning, the first time that has happened since pitching his last game for the White Sox in 2016.

The Red Sox infielder smashed a three-run homer in the second and a two-run shot in the third as Boston slugged its way past Chicago 13-7 in what was supposed to be a pitcher's duel between Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.

CHICAGO (AP) - David Price felt healthy and strong. "That was done. The X-ray was negative and now we'll do an MRI tomorrow on the left wrist and just see what it is".

Those good times were the focus of most of his former teammates Monday and Tuesday as the White Sox welcomed him back.

Sale, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the White Sox, was traded in a blockbuster deal that signaled the start of a rebuilding process for the South Siders. Abreu hit.444 (20-for-45) during the streak.

Manager John Farrell said the ballpark "played extremely small". More times than not, it was great here, and I appreciated it. The White Sox won three of four weekend games against the Detroit Tigers. And so what if his seven strikeouts through three innings last night put him on pace to set the single-game record?

Boston nearly got a tying homer in the eighth, but Mitch Moreland's drive hooked foul in right.

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"It's going to be weird seeing Chris out there, " Hahn said on "The Mully and Hanley Show" Tuesday morning. The center fielder came through with a big three-run home run to give Boston a 10-6 lead. Which then unfortunately leads us to the reigning AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello.

"I think you take back those minor league years and you just learn from them", Marrero said. Quintana is coming off his worst outing of the year, allowing 8 runs in 4.1 innings at Arizona. With two outs and Smith still on second, Cabrera hit a soft liner up the middle that landed in between shortstop Xander Bogaerts and second baseman Josh Rutledge. Rutledge's throw beat him to the plate, but it skipped away from catcher Christian Vazquez. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Monday could be a bullpen day, but he would like to see Holmberg provide some distance. "There was a lot of moving parts over on that side". Boston (27-23) squandered a pair of leads and dropped its second consecutive game after winning the previous six.

Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly and Utley's RBI double started the Dodgers comeback in the third. The last time he went deep twice in a game?

Don Cooper, Sale's only pitching coach in Chicago, has watched with more pride in the way Sale has performed in Boston instead of envy or jealousy. If Price can return to the mound and produce his potential, and if Porcello can somehow turn his season around, the Red Sox will be looking good. Chris Sale was traded to the Red Sox this past off-season for 4 prospects, which included Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.

Sale has been the most dominating pitcher in baseball early in the season, as he entered Tuesday leading MLB in strikeouts and WHIP. "We're hopeful that hitters are soon in his schedule", Farrell said.

Tonight's game can be heard on the White Sox flagship station, WLS-AM 890.

Warm Chicago reception for Sale