Sox Game Day: Sale hit hard by Angels
Tyler Saladino is getting a look at the Sox's major league camp. (Mark Gonzales/Tribune Photo)
Also in the lineup as DH was Adam Dunn, who missed Tuesday’s game because of a stiff neck.
Wednesday was also a chance for Chris Sale to continue his conversion from reliever to starter. He allowed three hits and a walk against the Cubs in his spring debut.
He wasn't much better against the Angels, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings in an eventual 9-7 Sox victory. Three of those runs came on Albert's Pujols' first homer as an Angel. He also hit one later against reliever Anthony Carter.
“I don’t think it’s any pitch. It’s just location,” Sale said. “It was awful.”
Sale admits he is frustrated despite the results not counting.
“It would be nice to get a good one under my belt pretty soon,” he said. “Obviously you don’t want to kick yourself around the house about it, but I take this seriously, whether it’s spring training, Game 7 (of the World Series) or a whiffle ball game. I’ve got to go out there and get the job done.”
As for Saladino, the move was made because manager Robin Ventura “wanted him,” according to general manager Ken Williams.
“(Ventura) was impressed with him last year while going around the minor leagues,” Williams said. “Our development people raved about not only his ability but his makeup. And we thought it would accelerate his progress to be around the big league locker room and some of the guys in it.”
Saladino is not guaranteed to make the team out of camp, but he will certainly get all the chances he needs. The last Sox minor leaguer added to big league camp was left-handed reliever Boone Logan, who not only made the team but has gone on to a very good big league career.