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With break over, Sale feeling prepared for stretch run

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With break over, Sale feeling prepared for stretch run

It's been 10 days since Chris Sale's last start, in which he allowed five runs in 6 13 innings as his velocity continued to drop in Texas. On Monday, he'll make his return to the White Sox rotation, and he's confident the break has done him some good.

"It's nice to be able to do it now so the last couple months we can really make a push and nothing like this will hopefully come up again," Sale said Sunday. "We can just go through these two months every fifth day or whatever they have now for us, make a good push these last couple months and put all this stuff behind us."

The hope is that Sale's fastball velocity will return to to the 92 mph range it's averaged this season. But if it doesn't, that's not going to stop Sale from pitching through it.

"Like I said before, if it's there, cool," Sale said of his normal velocity. "If not, you've still got to pitch. It doesn't matter how hard it's going. Just whatever it is, you've still got to make pitches and get outs. Whether it's hard, soft, slow, in, out, up, whatever. You've got to get outs somehow."

Sale has thrown 124 innings this season and is nearing his 2010 cumulative total of 133 23, which was compiled in college with Florida Gulf Coast and in professional ball with two minor-league affiliates and the White Sox. But Sale had an extended break that year and pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after turning pro.

In his first year as a starter, Sale figured he'd run into a velocity dip as his innings continued to pile up.

"I didn't expect myself to be throwing hard the entire season, especially later on getting into August and September," Sale said. "But for right now, it's just finding a way. Whatever I've got on a given day, you've got to go out there and keep pitching, You can't get down on yourself on days where you might not have your best stuff."

The White Sox won't have Sale on a pitch count Monday, which shouldn't come as a surprise given he's thrown 100 or more pitches in 13 of his 18 starts.

"Its just more of how hes feeling, being able to talk to him and communicate," manager Robin Ventura said. "He says hes feeling fine and ready to go."

With under two months left in the season and the White Sox employing a six-man rotation, Sale doesn't expect to be given another 10-day break between now and October. But until this season is over, Sale's status will be monitored extremely closely.

"We haven't talked about anything like that," Sale said of getting more extended rest. "We'll see. I don't want to sit here and tell you I can and then something freakish happens. At the same time, I don't want to sit here and say I can't because I want to and believe I can. It's something we'll be on top of to the end and we'll see where it takes us."

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.