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WATCH: Chris Sale strikes out two in 1st inning of Red Sox return

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Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is back in business.

The veteran left-hander made his much-anticipated return to the mound Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park -- his first start since Aug. 13, 2019.

After a successful recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox are hoping Sale can provide the team with a much-needed boost as the American League playoff races heat up.

Red Sox fans gave Sale a loud ovation as he took the field:

Sale was in fine form in the first inning, tallying two strikeouts in a scoreless frame. His breaking ball is looking pretty good, just ask Trey Mancini:

The Red Sox entered Saturday's matchup trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by five games for first place in the American League East division.