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The Sox knew that Chris Sale would start on Friday, and start the staff ace did, shutting out the Twins

in the 6-0 win, and putting in six innings of work, allowing just three hits and fanning five without a

walk.

The win moved Sale to 17-6 on the season, as well as lowering his ERA to 2.78, again leaving him as a

leading candidate for American League Cy Young Award honors.

Not that Sale needed a ton of help, but his offense gave him some anyway, as Dayan Viciedo had two RBI

through the first four innings, and an Alexei Ramirez RBI single in the sixth made it a three-run cushion.

That was more than enough for Sale, who was pulled after 99 pitches with a comfortable lead.

So while the Sox knew that Sale was going to face the Twins on Friday, the rest of the rotation

continued to be musical chairs.

The rainout with Detroit on Thursday left manager Robin Ventura just pushing everyone back a game, which

meant Sale on Friday, Jose Quintana on Saturday, Jake Peavy on Sunday and then Gavin Floyd was getting the

start on Monday in the makeup game with the Tigers.

With Quintana's workload still a concern, however, especially with this being his rookie season and the

most innings he's ever thrown, Ventura got together with pitching coach Don Cooper and gave the rotation a

new look.

That means Francisco Liriano is back in, getting the start on Saturday against his former team in

Minnesota, after the lefty was pulled in and out of the rotation several times since Wednesday. Peavy still

goes on Sunday and Quintana gets two extra days of rest, then gets a shot at the Tigers after he pitched

well against them earlier in the week.

Floyd, originally planned for Monday, will pitch Tuesday when the Sox open a three-game series in Kansas

City.

It also gives Floyd, who came off the disabled list Wednesday, an extra day.

"It's really for Q and Gavin," Cooper said. "Those are the two guys affected by extra days. (Quintana)

pitched well against (the Tigers on Monday). Maybe we get that again. It's laid out this way for us because

we feel this is the best opportunity for us to win today, to win tomorrow. And each day. And that's kind of

what we're going to go with now.

"But 3-4-5 days from now, who knows? It might change."
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