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White Sox tab Chris Sale as Opening Day starter

Mar 16, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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Via ESPN’s Bruce Levine, as the title suggests:

Robin Ventura names Chris Sale opening day starter.

Jake Peavy was the other candidate for the honor, but wholeheartedly endorsed sale. Peavy said, “Chris is the best pitcher on the team. Your best guy goes opening day.”

Sale, who turns 24 years old in two weeks, finished the 2012 season (his first as a starting pitcher) with a 3.05 ERA and finished sixth in AL Cy Young voting. The lefty, listed at 6’6″, 180, is said to have added 10-15 pounds over the off-season.

  1. randygnyc - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Ever since this kid came up, I’ve stated Sale is going to be an elite pitcher. He’ll be a perennial CY young candidate for the next 6-7 years. He’s still growing. I said last year that once he fills out and grows into his body, he’ll be like randy Johnson, except better (can’t speak to his long term durability/longevity). No surprise he’s gaining wait. To bad the yanks don’t have him. By next year, he’ll be the best pitcher in the AL.

    • Reflex - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Till his elbow blows up in a couple years due to his motion…

  2. randygnyc - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Edit (PLEASE). Weight as in pounds. #s God Dammit!!!!

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