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White Sox: No 'pouting' for Chris Sale as streak ends

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White Sox: No 'pouting' for Chris Sale as streak ends

Didn’t take long Monday to determine a record-setting performance wasn’t in the cards for Chris Sale.

Not only are the right-handed hitting heavy Toronto Blue Jays tough on lefties, they brought an aggressive approach to the plate against Sale, who was attempting to establish a major league record with his ninth straight start of at least 10 strikeouts. Sale -- who pitched a complete game in a 4-2 White Sox victory -- struck out six and settled for a tie with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez with eight consecutive double-digit strikeout performances.

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“They were pretty aggressive, so it wasn’t really a big strikeout night for him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “But as far as command and everything, he had everything. He missed a couple of times, and they got him. And they’re a powerful lineup. That lineup’s not a joke.”

After he struck out 97 batters in his previous eight outings, Sale didn’t pick up his first strikeout until the third inning. Five of Sale’s first six outs came via ground balls. Sale seemed to gain some momentum in the fourth and fifth innings with three straight strikeouts but couldn’t sustain it as the Blue Jays put 10 two-strike pitches in play.

“Usually guys want to work the count and get the count high to get him out of the ballgame earlier,” center fielder Adam Eaton said. “Here, with the streak on the line, they came out swinging the bats.”

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Ventura didn’t see much different in Toronto’s approach. The Blue Jays entered the game with four hitters with at least 12 home runs in the lineup and another three with seven apiece.

“They’ve always been that way,” Ventura said.

Sale threw strikes on 77 of 108 pitches. Though Sale wouldn’t have minded to move past Martinez with a ninth straight game of at least 10 strikeouts, he wasn’t upset, either. After the White Sox won only four of his previous eight starts, Sale was happier about his team’s victory.

“Those guys rake,” Sale said. “They came out swinging and they swing with purpose. “They’ve got a lot of guys that put the bat on the ball.”

“It’s one of those things, it’s cool. It’s fine. But we won the game and I’m not gonna pout at all.”

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.