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Chris Sale named Opening Day starter for White Sox

Mar 10, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed what everyone had already assumed Wednesday, naming ace lefty Chris Sale the club’s Opening Day starter according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Sale, the obvious choice for Ventura, boasts a spectacular 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 in 500 2/3 career major league innings. He tossed a career-high 214 1/3 frames in 2013 and finished fifth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

Sale will probably be followed in the White Sox starting rotation by Jose Quintana, John Danks, Erik Johnson, and then Felipe Paulino. In HardballTalk’s 2014 season preview for the Pale Hose, Aaron Gleeman predicted a fifth-place (dead last) finish in the American League Central standings.

Chicago opens its regular-season schedule March 31 against the Twins.

  1. masher1965 - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    UNBELIEVABLE !! Sale is the worst pitcher in baseball and shouldn’t be in a uniform!! How could he POSSIBLY be Opening day starter ??
    Ok, sarcasm posted people, it was a total joke . LOL . As the article said this was obvious and it well should have been . Sale is one of the best in the game and I am a Cubs fan

  2. jpalughi823 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    i’m so shocked…….

  3. bostonboresme - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    What a shocker! I coulda sworn Ventura was gonna peg Nate Jones over Sale as the ace.

  4. carpi2 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Sale is the opening day starter? What about John Danks?!

  5. evansox - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    In other news, water is wet.

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