Spring Training '19

Red Sox Notebook: Chris Sale sharp in exhibition game debut

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After pitching on a back field earlier in the week against some minor league hitters, Chris Sale took his spring game to the big stadium Saturday and faced a major league opponent for the first time this spring.

The results were impressive. Sale pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits while fanning seven as the Red Sox saw their winless streak snapped at nine games with a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

"It felt good to get the juices flowing and the adrenaline (going),'' said Sale. "Today was the first day I kind of went through my full routine pre-game, during the game, all that stuff. It was good. Today was definitely a big step in the right direction.''