Even though he was effective, Chris Sale wasn't comfortable.
In his first spring training appearance of the year, the 17-game winner struck out three over 2 1-3 scoreless innings Friday as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 9-7.
Sale gave up a one-out single to Lou Marson and a walk to Mark Reynolds before getting Carlos Santana to hit into a forceout and retiring Mike Aviles on a flyout to deep center.
Catcher Hector Gimenez went to the mound for a chat.
''The first inning was kind of sporadic,'' Sale said. ''I felt like I was going a million miles an hour. Hector came out and said slow it down. He kind of got me back to where I was. Thanks to him, we pulled it out. I was kind of jittery in the first.''
Sale wound up allowing two hits - both singles - struck out one and walked none.
''I'm very satisfied how it went,'' he said. ''Obviously, there is room for improvement on anything you do. This is a good building point, Day 1 out on the mound. Build from this ...