Sale became the third pitcher in franchise history under the age of 25 to record 200-plus strikeouts with his eight punchouts on Monday. He owns a 5.05 strikeout-to-walk ration, with Ed Walsh owning the single-season club record at 4.80 in 1908. Sale also has emerged as a leader for the other young pitchers on the staff.
"We have quite a few young guys we're excited about," Ventura said. "If you're reshaping, you'd like to start with pitching. So we're in a position where we have some young guys who are under control."
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