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How Chris Sale's personality helped him blossom into one of the game's most dangerous pitchers

How Chris Sale's personality helped him blossom into one of the game's most dangerous pitchers

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The Boston Red Sox are enamored with Chris Sale. They couldn’t be happier with their end of the December blockbuster trade that brought elite-prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to the White Sox.

Not only has the five-time All-Star been outstanding on the field, but the Red Sox have also quickly discovered what the White Sox long knew — Sale is as good of a teammate as he is a pitcher. Sale is set to pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night for the first time since he was traded by the White Sox in an intriguing matchup against Jose Quintana. Whether it’s his new team or his old, players and managers on both sides have spent the past two days singing Sale’s praises.

“It’s more about the person — the true competitor that he is, the great teammate that he has shown (to be) since he has come into our uniform,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’s about one thing and that’s about winning. We’re grateful he’s in our uniform, he’s off to a fantastic start for us and when I say about the teammate, he’s had an impact on Eddie Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Chris has been everything and more than what we could have hoped.”

The White Sox aren’t surprised by this. They knew in order to jumpstart their rebuild they would have to make an impossibly difficult move and trade one of their stars. They knew there’d be nothing easy about trading Sale, who meant much more to them than just on the field.

In seven seasons, Sale went from rookie to budding star to being revered as a teammate.

Current White Sox players have spewed endless platitudes about Sale the past few days.

James Shields played with Sale only a few months and knew enough to describe the left-hander as one of his best teammates ever along with David Price. Jose Quintana said he misses Sale’s energy around the clubhouse while Nate Jones lauded Sale for standing up for what he believes in.

“He ingratiated himself with a lot of people,” manager Rick Renteria said. “There were a lot of positive things about Sale that I think everyone should remember. I think we do. He impacted us as an organization in an immense way. I was only here for a year [with him], so I wasn’t able to see the totality of his body of work and the many people he touched, but he touched a lot of people. I think the White Sox were better for having him.”

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Sale not only was a vocal leader, but he provided an example for other pitchers of what the combination of outstanding talent and strong work ethic can become. Pitching coach Don Cooper had a sense back in 2010 that Sale was progressing into “the baddest ass lefty in the league” after he shut down Joe Mauer. Cooper said no personnel move has surprised him since Mark Buehrle was allowed to leave via free agency. But that realization that baseball is a business doesn’t make the reality any easier for players or coaches.

“When you start to establish a relationship for a long time with somebody, you miss the everyday interaction, whatever we’re talking about, whether it’s baseball or something else,” Cooper said. “You miss that.”

They may miss it, but at least for Tuesday Sale is the opposition. So while White Sox players visited with Sale on Sunday night and Monday and are sure to see him on Wednesday, everyone is acting as if Tuesday is the same as any other game — except for the part where a friendly and familiar face is on the mound.

“That’s going to be the different part,” Jones said. “He’s going to have a different uniform, but since he’s got that on, he’s the enemy a little bit. That’s going to be different. But honestly we all wish him the best. Hope he does well. We’ll see how Tuesday goes.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.