Grading Chris Sale's 1st Opening Day Start for the Chicago White Sox

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Grading Chris Sale's 1st Opening Day Start for the Chicago White Sox
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When it came to Opening Day and Chris Sale, there was no telling how the southpaw ace of the Chicago White Sox would respond.

On the one hand, Sale went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA in his first season as a starter in 2012. His tall, lanky frame and jerky delivery made him tough to solve for hitters and he quickly made a name for himself, becoming an All-Star in the process.

But still only 24, there have been questions about Sale going into the 2013 campaign. Could he match those gaudy stats or even surpass them this year as many expect him to do? Would he be able to hold up for a whole season?

A chilly Monday afternoon on the South Side was Sale's first test. He sailed through 7.2 innings, giving up seven hits and not allowing any runs. The Kansas City Royals hitters smacked some base hits off him, but ultimately couldn't get much going falling 1-0 to the White Sox.

Let's look more in depth at just how Sale accomplished his midseason form on the first day of April.

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