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Head coach: Don Gelsomino
Assistant coaches: Matt Walsh (DC/LB), Pat Rossi (OL), Vince Fanelli (DB), Miguel Villegas (RB), Ryan Patrick (DL), Paul Fekring (OL)
How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red), lost to Rochelle in Class 5A opening-round action.
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2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 – Noble Pritzker
Sept. 1 – Maine East
Sept. 8 – @ Riverside Brookfield
Sept. 15 - Glenbard South
Sept. 22 - @ Elmwood Park
Sept. 29 – @ Chicago Christian
Oct. 6 - Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 13 - @ Guerin Prep
Oct. 20 - Walther Christian
Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels win a third straight conference title and return to the playoffs?
Names to watch this season: Senior WR Marco Vitale, Senior OL/DL Jose Bodon
Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to find a new quarterback to lead the passing attack with the graduation of Richie Zacharius.
EDGY's early take: The Rebels bring back a good core of starters from last season, including seven on defense. Look for Ridgewood to again be a factor in the Metro Suburban Conference and beyond this season.
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.