Sale entered in the eighth inning of a 1-1 deadlock and proceeded to walk Brian Roberts and give up a single to Nick Markakis. His first outing was done after seven pitches and without retiring a hitter, leading to a brief grimace, followed by a laugh, from Sale when asked about it Monday
"If I would have kept going like I did then, it probably wouldn't be a laughing matter," Sale said. "Stuff like that, in this game, it's good to laugh things off every once in a while."
Returning to where it all began is an exciting feeling for Sale, especially with his wife and son in attendance for the four-game series. It doesn't hurt that Sale has become one of the game's top left-handed relievers, with one of his bullpen mates referring to him as "the weapon."
"I'm just getting out there more, getting more comfortable, throwing strikes," said Sale, who has a 1.01 ERA with 34 strikeouts over his last 35 2/3 innings covering 26 games. "My best outings have been when I just throw strikes.
"That's what I try to continue to do. If you are going to get beat, you want to get beat by a hit and not give anybody anything."