It seems like a trend this spring: White Sox starters giving up runs in their limited innings. John Danks, Jake Peavy and now Chris Sale have been touched up in their first Cactus League starts, but this early -- when pitchers are still getting a feel for their pitches -- it's of no concern.
Plus, spring training results are rarely important, at least when it comes to allowing runs. Good indicators are walks and strikeouts, though, and Sale fared well in both those categories Friday against the Cubs. In his three innings of work, Sale struck out four and walked one. That's good.
The three innings tied Sale's professional high, which he set twice in relief appearances last year.
Sale flashed his overpowering stuff, although his command wasn't as sharp as it could've been. But again: That's fine. It's March 9.