Spring Training '19

McAdam: On a back field, Chris Sale’s 2019 journey begins

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On another day, for another pitcher, it would have been barely noticed.

But this wasn't just anybody on the mound for any simulated game. And so, Dave DombrowskiFrank Wren and Tony La Russa were in attendance. So were Alex Cora and Dana LeVangie. And a dozen or so organization scouts, members of the Baseball Operations department and a sizeable portion of the training staff were gathered behind the backstop.

The sun was brutally hot and officially, the Red Sox were enjoying their lone off-day on the spring schedule. But Chris Sale's first appearance of the spring overrode all of that.

Sale threw three innings Monday  -- some of which were truncated by pitch counts -- against a lineup mostly comprised of prospects from the lower minors, and predictably, the matchup sometimes resembled, quite literally, a man against boys.