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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sale feels right at home at U.S. Cellular

By Bruce Levine

The early wildness Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale displayed Thursday night -- including two walks in the second inning -- was remedied by a brief conversation with catcher Tyler Flowers.

"He came up and met with me on the mound," Sale said. "It was kind of funny. He said in the nicest possible way, 'When you start getting in trouble you start trying too hard and doing too much.'

"(Pitching coach Don Cooper ) came out and reiterated the same thing. From then on I kept a level head."

The 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was Sale's second victory of the season and also his 10th win in 11 previous decisions at U.S Cellular field. Sale has posted a sub 2.00 ERA during those 14 home starts dating back to last spring.

Manager Robin Ventura has his theory as to why his young pitcher is so dominant at home.

"Pitchers are like that and so are hitters," Ventura said. "They like the surroundings and maybe for him just sleeping in his own bed. Sleeping in his own bed at night and coming to the park knowing his routine (helps)."

Sale is now 11-3 at U.S Cellular Field.

"You are always a little bit more comfortable at your house," he said. "You have the home crowd behind you and of course I have pitched here more than anywhere else. There is no level of effort change . It is just how it shakes out I guess."