Sale looks to build on a strong debut and Rios tries to continue his hot streak as the White Sox finish a three-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
In Chicago’s opener Monday, Sale struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings and the White Sox (3-2) held on for a 1-0 win over Kansas City.
“That was fun, it was exciting. It was everything I thought it would be and more,” Sale told the team’s official website. “I did a real good job of kind of collecting myself and not getting too amped up too early or too late and it ended up being a pretty good day.”
It was an auspicious debut for the 24-year-old left-hander after an eventful spring in which he signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension.
“I think a lot of stuff’s been thrown at him in spring training,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He gets the contract, he gets opening day. There’s a lot of expectations of him, but that all comes with it.”
Ventura added that Sale has “come along great” in spite of the heightened expectations.
Ventura has to be similarly pleased with Rios, who hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning Saturday to help Chicago to a 4-3 victory over Seattle (3-3).
Rios, who has homered in the last two games, has at least one hit in each of Chicago’s games this season, stretching his hitting streak to 11 games dating to Sept. 26. He’s 7 for 18 with four RBIs, three runs, three walks and two stolen bases in 2013.
“It’s all about the confidence,” said Rios, who hit .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs last season