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Chicago at Houston

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    HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Sale had another solid outing in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation and the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.

    Sale struck out six in four innings and was charged with one run and three hits. The left-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in six innings in his previous outing.

    The 23-year-old Sale, who has appeared in 79 games as a reliever, will make his first major league start when his spot in the rotation comes up.

    Sale allowed three singles in the first inning, then got some advice from catcher A.J. Pierzynski that helped him calm down and get on track.

    "I talked to A.J., he said: `You're rushing things. Get the jitters out and pitch your game,"' Sale said. "After that, I felt good and had a great sense of poise."

    Sale thinks he's moved past the struggles he had early this spring.

    "Every guy wants to pitch better, but I was pleased," he said. "The first few (starts) were kind of rocky, but I smoothed it out along the way. I felt strong enough and my endurance was up so I feel like I'm ready to go."

    Jordan Schafer was back in center field for the Astros and appeared to be fully recovered from a hand injury that had kept him out for more than two weeks.

    "I took a couple of swings pretty hard there and I was happy to get through three at-bats and it felt fine," he said. "I got jammed on a pitch and it felt fine. I think we'll be OK from here on out."

    Schafer, Houston's leadoff hitter who is hitting .385 this spring, had one hit in six innings in his return. He sprained his left hand making a diving catch on March 18.

    "It was better than I thought it would be," Schafer said. "It's not 100 percent, but it's good enough where I can play and I think I can play well."

    Houston starter Bud Norris allowed two runs and five hits in three innings. He struck out four and walked one.

    "I got a good pitch count up there and I threw a lot of strikes and I felt good and I'm ready to get into this," Norris said.

    Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single off Norris in the second inning and finished with two hits.

    Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back homers off David Carpenter to push Chicago's lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning. Dunn's drive flew over the center-field wall and just out of reach of a leaping Schafer. Konerko's shot landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field.

    Carlos Lee had an RBI single for the Astros in the first inning.

    Former Houston ace Brett Myers, who was moved to closer this spring, walked one and allowed two hits and a run in the ninth.

    NOTES: Tuesday was the first time the White Sox have played in Houston since winning the World Series at Minute Maid Park in 2005. ... Houston SS Jed Lowrie missed Tuesday's game with a strained right thumb. He hasn't played since injuring his thumb last Wednesday. ... The Astros optioned OF J.B. Shuck to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the game.

     
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    Chicago White Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alejandro De Aza, CF4022011 .282
        Trayce Thompson, CF1000000 .182
    Brent Morel, 3B4000015 .297
        Brent Lillibridge, 3B0100100 .328
    Adam Dunn, DH4121010 .273
       a- Tyler Flowers, PH-DH1000011 .264
    Paul Konerko, 1B4111011 .397
        Hector Gimenez, C1010000 .538
    A.J. Pierzynski, C3020100 .300
        Andrew Wilkins, PR-1B1011000 .375
    Alex Rios, RF4120012 .242
        Jared Mitchell, PR-RF1000012 .357
    Alexei Ramirez, SS4010003 .230
        Eduardo Escobar, SS1000002 .364
    Dayan Viciedo, LF4110011 .200
        Kosuke Fukudome, LF0000000 .208
    Gordon Beckham, 2B2010200 .273
        Ray Olmedo, 2B0000000 .393
    Totals39514548  
    a-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
    Batting
    HR - Adam Dunn (6, Carpenter), Paul Konerko (1, Carpenter)
    RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (10), Adam Dunn (15), Paul Konerko (7), Andrew Wilkins (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (4)
    SB - Brent Lillibridge (4, 2nd base off Myers/Powell)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    DP - Beckham-Konerko, Santiago-Wilkins
    Chicago White Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Chris Sale (W,2-1) 4311260 4.18
    Nate Jones (H,2) 1000120 1.54
    Addison Reed (H,6) 1000010 2.45
    Jesse Crain (H,2) 1000010 3.00
    Matt Thornton (H,4) 1200000 2.08
    Hector Santiago 1200100 0.82
    Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 62-37, Nate Jones 21-12, Addison Reed 9-7, Jesse Crain 14-8, Matt Thornton 13-7, Hector Santiago 22-14
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 2-1, Addison Reed 1-1, Matt Thornton 2-1, Hector Santiago 1-1
    Batters Faced - Chris Sale 14, Nate Jones 4, Addison Reed 3, Jesse Crain 3, Matt Thornton 5, Hector Santiago 5
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordan Schafer, CF3010010 .385
        J.B. Shuck, LF1010000 .255
    Angel Sanchez, SS-2B4110012 .333
    J.D. Martinez, LF3000010 .220
        Brian Bixler, CF1000000 .250
    Carlos Lee, 1B2011100 .313
        Jonathan Singleton, 1B1010000 .455
    Chris Johnson, 3B3000021 .350
        Brett Wallace, 3B0000100 .260
    Matt Downs, DH2000010 .156
       a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-DH2010010 .259
    Chris Snyder, C3000020 .256
        Travis Buck, RF1000003 .304
    Justin Ruggiano, RF2000100 .211
        Landon Powell, C0000000 .222
    Jose Altuve, 2B2010111 .278
        Jonathan Villar, SS0000000 .000
    Totals30171410  
    a-struck out for Downs in the 7th
    Batting
    RBI - Carlos Lee (8)
    2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (1)
    SB - Justin Ruggiano (2, 2nd base off Jones/Pierzynski)
    CS - Jordan Schafer (1, 2nd base by Sale/Pierzynski), Carlos Lee (1, 2nd base by Sale/Pierzynski)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Cruz-Altuve-Lee, Sanchez-Lee
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Bud Norris (L,3-2) 3522140 4.00
    Rhiner Cruz 1200100 6.10
    David Carpenter 1222102 6.75
    Fernando Rodriguez 1100020 2.08
    Brandon Lyon 1200000 3.27
    Wilton Lopez 1000000 0.90
    Brett Myers 1211120 5.14
    Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 55-37, Rhiner Cruz 17-11, David Carpenter 17-8, Fernando Rodriguez 17-11, Brandon Lyon 21-13, Wilton Lopez 5-5, Brett Myers 24-16
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 1-4, Rhiner Cruz 2-0, David Carpenter 2-0, Brandon Lyon 2-1, Wilton Lopez 1-2, Brett Myers 1-0
    Batters Faced - Bud Norris 15, Rhiner Cruz 5, David Carpenter 5, Fernando Rodriguez 4, Brandon Lyon 5, Wilton Lopez 3, Brett Myers 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 14856
    Game Time - 2:49
    Temperature - 73
    Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Clint Fagan