BOSTON -- Adam Dunn is confident Tuesday nights stolen base wont be his last of the season. Hes not Rickey Henderson confident, but hes pretty close.
The White Sox slugger -- whose 28 home runs are tied with Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton for the most in baseball -- believed so strongly he would nab his first stolen base since Aug. 16, 2008 on Tuesday he offered his teammates a bold prediction.
Before he led off the third inning with a walk against Boston starter Jon Lester, Dunn called a stolen base if he were to reach.
Now that the streak is over, Dunn, who has 60 stolen bases in his career, expects more thefts in his immediate future.
I told them in the dugout that if I got on, I was going, Dunn said. There will be more. Its not going to be the last one, I promise. I feel like I just broke the record or something. I should have grabbed it.
Dunn said his legs feel healthy and he intends to take advantage of pitchers who nap when hes on base.
I got nothing hurting, Dunn said. So, as long as that keeps up, I feel like I can at least move a little bit. Im not going to go every time I get on base. But there are obviously some guys that probably wont pay attention to you in certain situations where I think its pretty easy to steal. So, pick your spots and go.
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
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