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White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will be the team’s Opening Day starter.
Manager Robin Ventura made the announcement this weekend at Sox camp in Glendale, Az. Ventura’s announcement was made his typical calm, cool manner.
Sale, on the other hand, couldn’t contain his excitement.
“My knees are shaking just thinking about it,” Sale told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s going to be fun, going up there and having our fans from day one. You know the Cell (U.S. Cellular Field) is going to be electric and the fans will be screaming, going nuts. Against the division rival, so it will be fun how it shakes out and we’ll give it everything we got.”
The Sox open the season April 1 against the Kansas City Royals.
This is Sale’s first Opening Day assignment. There had been some talk in camp that Jake Peavy would make the first start of the season, but seemingly from the start of camp the assignment would go to Sale. Even Peavy endorsed the move.
“Like I’ve said all along, he’s our best guy,” Peavy told the Tribune. “We need him to set the tone, and we’re excited that that’s going to be the case.”
Sale went 17-8 with a 317-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012, his first full season as a starter. He emerged as the Sox’ ace, racking up 192 strikeouts and only 51 walks in 191 innings of work.
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