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Ventura sold on Sale as White Sox's Opening Day starter

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The Chicago White Sox will give the ball to left-hander Chris Sale to start on Opening Day, manager Robin Ventura said Saturday.

Sale then went out and gave up six hits and five runs in five innings of a spring training outing.

"I'm not worried about that," Ventura said, according to "Velocity-wise, everything's great. We're getting toward the end of spring and he's probably a little anxious to get going. I talked to him earlier, and he'll be the Opening Day starter, so maybe he has some nerves doing that, but we feel very confident with him going forward and giving him the ball for the first day."

Sale, 23, posted a 17-8 record and had a 3.05 ERA with 192 strikeouts in 192 innings last season. He finished sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

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