Cuban native Ramirez forgives former manager Guillen

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Cuban native Ramirez forgives former manager Guillen

CLEVELAND - As Ozzie Guillen tried to explain his way out of another mess he created with his mouth, Chicago's new manager felt compassion for his predecessor.

Robin Ventura watched and wished the best for Guillen.

"It's a tough day for him," Ventura said Tuesday, hours after Guillen apologized in South Florida for comments lauding Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, remarks that led some to call for his firing. "He's a friend, so it was not easy to watch. He looked sincere and meant it."

Ventura was Guillen's teammate for eight seasons in Chicago. This year, he replaced the outspoken manager, who led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005 before leaving them after eight stormy seasons during which Guillen often made headlines with outrageous remarks.

Most of Chicago's players declined to talk about Guillen's situation.

One willing to talk was infielder Gordon Beckham, who said most White Sox players believe Guillen's true feelings did not come out in the Time magazine article in which he said he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long.

"You feel for Ozzie," said Beckham, who played three seasons for Guillen. "I think all of the guys in this clubhouse knew what he meant when he said it. It was like, this guy (Castro) has had people trying to get him, take a shot at him, and he's lasted 60 years. Sometimes Ozzie says more than he should."

Guillen's comments were particularly personal for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, a Cuban. Still, he's ready to forgive his former manager.

"Apologizing is definitely a big first step," said Ramirez, who played for Cuba in the Athens Olympics. "Everyone has their opinion. But I also feel people should be forgiven. So if he's going to apologize, I feel that hopefully he'll be accepted."

The 30-year-old Ramirez left Cuba in 2007 and joined the White Sox in 2008.

"I would just say whatever his thoughts or comments are, those are Ozzie's comments," he said. "That's more on him. It's one of those (situations) that there are some people who like Castro, and there are some people who don't. You're in Miami, it's definitely a different thought frame. But that's his opinion, and it's not the same opinion I have."

Ventura, who was a surprise pick to take over in Chicago because he had never managed at any level, hopes to learn from Guillen's faux pas.

"I'm going to stick to just talking about baseball," Ventura said before the White Sox and Indians were postponed because of rain and cold weather.
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Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.

At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.

Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.

The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.

Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:

"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."

Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.

On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).

The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)

Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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