For White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, it was nice to turn around and see the team's top outfielders standing behind him.
With center fielder Alejandro De Aza and right fielder Alex Rios back from the World Baseball Classic, Chicago was close to full strength when it defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Thursday.
Sale allowed four hits over seven innings, including two solo home runs. Ryan Braun had an inside-the-parker on a ball that De Aza jumped for at the wall.
Sale threw 75 pitches and when he was finished, he threw 25 more in the bullpen. He has one more start before opening day against the Kansas City Royals on April 1.
''We're a week or so away, so having Rios and `D' back at camp is good,'' Sale said. ''They had a blast and told fun stories. It's nice to have them back and get us in the swing of things.''
Rios hit two doubles and drove in two runs and De Aza doubled and singled. They faced each other in the WBC championship game in San Francisco on Tuesday night, when De ...