He's 2-0 with 24 strikeouts in 15 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays this season.
"Chris threw another great performance", acting manager Gary DiSarcina said. Coming off a disappointing series with the Orioles, the club badly needed this win, especially because they're hitting a crossroads now that we're entering July. But I think he has done a nice job, too, as a starter.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said there's nothing particularly unusual or unsafe about that area of the ballpark and said Chicago players and coaches were hoping Fowler would slow down or slide as he chased the ball "with tremendous vigor". He is not going to become the number one starter of this rotation, and maybe not even the number two starter on their pitching depth chart. Right now we do need to win games.
Hanley Ramirez doubled off Aaron Loup (2-2) to begin the 11th and moved to third on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single. He has struck out 10 or more in 11 starts this season and 11 or more five times.
"He's been unbelievable to play behind and just to get to know him as a guy", said Pedroia of Sale. He was an all-American twice and set school records for home runs (62) and RBIs (207).
Pedroia hit a two-run double in the second inning to put Boston ahead 4-0. Fourteen players are on pace for 40 or more homers this season, two years after only one reached that mark.
"It's not fun when he can add and subtract to all of his pitches", Barney said of Sale, who improved his record to 11-3.
"It's huge", he said. Then came the rehab, which involved loosening of the thumb ligaments before he could get a feel for his pitches again.
This time, the target of the Red Sox's $30 million investment was baseball hall of famer and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley.
Yes it's early, and it's still feasible for the Blue Jays to get hot and get right back in the thick of things. Bogaerts had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and added a two-run single in the ninth.
"I didn't have a feel for anything", Estrada said. He was part of the final vote in 2015, but finished in last place. "His presence and way he's gone about these last 10 starts in particular have been strong".
Sale (11-3) gave up four hits, one walk and hit two batters as Boston (46-35) won its third straight game.
That deflated feeling spread to the Blue Jays clubhouse after the game.
The Canada Day Sale was no bargain for the Jays as Sale showed the brilliance that was expected to make Boston the team to beat when he was acquired by the team last winter.
Toronto's Josh Donaldson struck out four times, the fourth time in his career he's done so.