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Chris Sale to start Opening Day

Updated: March 16, 2013, 8:39 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Chris Sale early Saturday that he was his choice to open the season against the Kansas City Royals.

Sale then promptly went out and had his roughest outing of the spring. The 25-year-old left-hander did not have his best command, allowing five earned runs in five-plus innings on an 11-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

"Maybe he had some nerves today after I told him that," said Ventura. "We feel very confident ...

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