What it means: Sale didn’t win the battle, but in facing the Tigers' offense he clearly had a higher degree of difficulty than Scherzer did facing the White Sox. Sale took on all challenges head-on and seemed to be upset over the fact that he was asked to walk Miguel Cabrera intentionally in the fifth inning. Cabrera eventually scored on Martinez’s single, but last season's Triple Crown winner left the game later in the inning with a hip flexor strain.
Outside the box: Sale had 11 strikeouts, the fifth time this season he has struck out 10 or more. It's the ninth time over the past two seasons he has reached double digits in strikeouts. Sale has 142 strikeouts this year. He entered leading all American League left-handers in strikeouts and was second among lefties in all of baseball.
Off beat: Make that three more errors for the White Sox, whose defense saved them on Sunday but embarrassed them a day later. In the ninth inning, the White Sox made a pair of errors in rapid succession. First, reliever Ramon Troncoso had trouble fielding Hernan Perez's bunt. Moments later, catcher Josh Phegley had Brayan Pena picked off second base, but Alexei Ramirez threw the ball away while trying to start a rundown and Pena scored.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.