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CHICAGO -- Some pundits will look at Chris Sale's elbow soreness last May that temporarily moved him to the closer's role and his shoulder tendinitis that cost him last Wednesday's start and point to his sort of wild delivery as a cause for the problems.

If it's not a cause now, then it figures to be in the future. But Sale is not changing anything about the way he pitches.

"Both of those injuries weren't serious, knock on wood," Sale said. "I wouldn't chalk those up as threatening injuries. I didn't go on the DL for either of them. I got a precautionary MRI last year because that was something I wanted to do.

"So, yeah, I mean people are going to say what they want to say. In one ear and out the other for me. I'm going to keep pitching the same way and just adjust accordingly."

Sale felt fine during his start Tuesday night that was postponed after he had worked three innings, then felt fine during his workout Wednesday and after throwing a bullpen session on Thursday. He is scheduled to start Sunday in Oakland.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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