'No Hard Feelings' in Return to Chicago for Chris Sale

But the White Sox, perhaps inspired by what has occurred over the past five years on the North Side of Chicago, are also committed to a complete rebuild, and Sale was the best chip they had to play. He is signed through this season and has team options worth $12.5 million and $13.5 million for 2018 and 2019, respectively.

"I wasn't smiling a whole lot tonight, that's for sure. Tonight, for me, it was a little embarrassing with my teammates". Jon Lester's was worse (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 HR).

"Attitude and effort, they're the only two things you can control". They are - 1.5 games up on both the Cards and Cubs. The lanky lefty, traded to Boston last December for four prospects, struck out nine to boost his major-league-leading total to 110.

"If I had thrown the same pitches in any other ballpark to any team, I think the same results would have happened", Sale said in discounting the home run-friendly, windy conditions Tuesday. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda picked up his sixth win. He recently had a streak of eight consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts snapped against the Texas Rangers. He looked more than ready to keep throwing. Frazier said he and Sale caught up Monday and may have exchanged some playful trash talk. One of those games was a one hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Meanwhile, he struck out four and threw two ideal innings. It was probably a lot of fun to watch. Pablo Sandoval went down early with another injury, one who was supposed to bring more home runs to Fenway Park.

Marlins 9, Angels 2: Marlins starter Jose Urena walked six guys in five innings.

How can Sale possibly get better than this? "That's more like it", says teens baseball.

Buxton had two hits and drove in a run. Meanwhile, Mike Trout sprained his left thumb while stealing second base. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

"We text up and back all the time", Sale said.

The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the 5th inning on a solo home run by Mookie Betts, before the Red Sox bullpen would give it back two innings later. Not bad considering the the last time he pitched he gave up ten runs on 14 hits. He got a standing ovation when he trotted to the mound in the first inning. And his ERA has jumped from 3.92 to 5.60. Boyer couldn't finish off the inning, though, allowing a double and an infield single to put runners on the corners with two down in the four-run game. Even Longoria and Logan Morrison ended the nonsense in the 15th with a pair of solo homers. He came back to get a flyout and a strikeout, but hung a curve for the second straight inning to Deven Merrero, who homered for the second straight inning to give Boston a 7-3 lead. Despite Monday's hitless performance, he is hitting.296 with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs in 49 games this season. The rookies went 4-1 in May.

Sale was at 99 pitches after allowing two runs in the fourth inning, but seemed to tell manager John Farrell in the dugout in a very quick exchange that he was definitely going back out for the fifth.

Sale almost finished this one without a W despite being given seven runs to work with in the early going.

Chase Utley had three hits for the Dodgers.

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