Sale eager for challenge of opposing Verlander

Sale eager for challenge of opposing Verlander

DETROIT -- Chris Sale doesn't need to be reminded of Justin Verlander's impressive resume to know the toughness of his mound opponent on Sunday night.

"Cy Young, MVP, he's one of the best and he has been like that for a while," said Sale. "There's no indication of that slowing down. We know what we've got ahead of us, but we have to go out there like it's any other game."

Sale is tied for third in the American League with 15 victories and ranks fourth with a 2.81 ERA. Verlander sits third with his 2.80 ERA and leads the AL with 198 strikeouts, 43 more than Sale. Yet, Sale is not letting himself get caught up in the hype of the matchup.

"I try not to listen to buzz or anything," Sale said. "It's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as him. You see what he does early in the game.

"It's kind of like he progressively gets better as the game goes. We have a heck of a lineup, and it's not easy to breeze through our guys, so we'll put up a good fight."