BALTIMORE -- A walk and single from Nick Markakis against Chris Sale during his Major League debut on Friday hasn't altered manager Ozzie Guillen's thoughts on using the 21-year-old with the game on the line.
"We don't have time right now to say, 'Well, he can only throw two pitches or five pitches. He can only throw fastballs.' That's [for the] instructional league," Guillen said. "I like his arm. I like somebody to help Matt Thornton. We thought that was the best guy and he will pitch. It's up to him how to handle it."
Sale admitted being nervous on Friday but added that nerves were no excuse for his struggles. He also appreciated Guillen standing behind him despite this first-game problem.
"You know, it feels good. I mean, I feel worse than anybody going out there and doing what I did," Sale said Saturday. "It was a close game and I just didn't have it. For him to say that stuff, it's reassuring. It still doesn't hide the fact I went out there and had a bad day. But today when I show up, it will be a little less pressure to pitch."