Chris Sale strikes out 13 batters in minor league game

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As noted by CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale struck out 13 batters over six-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a game against a group of Reds minor leaguers. Sale yielded no walks and just two hits — one of them a solo shot by former second-round draft pick Taylor Sparks.

Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot in late February and hasn’t pitched in a Cactus League game this spring, but he’s been able to catch up rather quickly with throwing sessions on the side.

Sale is expected to make his 2015 regular-season debut on April 12 at home against the Twins. He finished third in the American League Cy Young voting last year after posting a 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 208 strikeouts across 174 innings.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.