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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - For White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, it was nice to turn around and see the team's top outfielders standing behind him.

With center fielder Alejandro De Aza and right fielder Alex Rios back from the World Baseball Classic, Chicago was close to full strength when it defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Thursday.

Sale allowed four hits over seven innings, including two solo home runs. Ryan Braun had an inside-the-parker on a ball that De Aza jumped for at the wall.

Sale threw 75 pitches and when he was finished, he threw 25 more in the bullpen. He has one more start before opening day against the Kansas City Royals on April 1.

"We're a week or so away, so having Rios and `D' back at camp is good," Sale said. "They had a blast and told fun stories. It's nice to have them back and get us in the swing of things."

Rios hit two doubles and drove in two runs and De Aza doubled and singled. They faced each other in the WBC championship game in San Francisco on Tuesday night, when De Aza and the Dominican Republic topped Rios and Puerto Rico.

Rios, batting third in front of Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, doubled his first two times up against Mike Fiers. De Aza hit leadoff and scored two runs.

"They're ready to go, I guess," manager Robin Ventura said. "They've logged some innings. It's nice just to have them back. You get a little more of a flow of how the lineup would go if that's the way you roll it out."

Jeff Keppinger homered, singled and walked. He is 16 for 31 this spring for the White Sox. Gordon Beckham added a home run for Chicago.

Donnie Murphy also homered against Sale, who didn't seem to mind because no runners were on. The 2012 All-Star walked one and struck out three.

"Regular season, that was close to a complete game right there," Sale said. "Pitch count was down - that's what you shoot for. I'm not going to be as sore the next day and will bounce back a little quicker."

Sale, who dealt with a brief elbow issue last season, said he feels strong this spring.

"So far, so good, knock on wood," he said. "I feel loose, and I feel like my arm is bouncing back the way I want it to."

Fiers wasn't nearly as good as Sale, getting roughed up for seven runs and eight hits over three innings.

"I had no idea where the ball was going," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Fiers' outing. "He's got one more outing, hopefully he looks better. Couldn't command, couldn't throw strikes for anything."

NOTES: Ventura said Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and Jose Quintana will likely follow Sale in the rotation. Dylan Axelrod would be fifth if he gets the nod over Hector Santiago for the fifth spot. ... Axelrod, the likely replacement for John Danks in the White Sox rotation while Danks builds up arm strength in minor league games, will start against the Royals on Sunday. ... Roenicke said INF Taylor Green will sit out for at least a few days to recover from a hip injury he sustained Tuesday. ... Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo will get his next-to-last tuneup for opening day when he pitches against the Cubs on Friday. ... White Sox RHP Jesse Crain (strained right adductor) had a setback in a minor league outing Wednesday and looks doubtful to make the opening day roster. Brian Omogrosso or Ramon Troncoso are potential replacements in the White Sox bullpen.

 
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Chicago

J. Keppinger
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Rios
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF2000001 .256
    Brandon Macias, 3B1000001 .000
Rickie Weeks, 2B3001011 .350
    T.J. Mittelstaedt, 2B1000000 .000
Ryan Braun, LF2111010 .231
    Caleb Gindl, LF1000010 .244
   a- Khris Davis, PH1000000 .310
Jonathan Lucroy, C3000000 .333
    Blake Lalli, C1000001 .353
Alex Gonzalez, 1B3010000 .242
    Jason Rogers, 1B0000100 .000
Carlos Gomez, CF1000001 .375
    Logan Schafer, CF2000102 .295
Martin Maldonado, DH3010002 .167
Jean Segura, SS2000001 .333
    Sean Halton, RF1000001 .250
Donnie Murphy, 3B2221000 .237
    Hainley Statia, SS1000001 .000
Totals3035323  
a-grounded out for Gindl in the 9th
Batting
2B - Martin Maldonado (1, Reed), Donnie Murphy (3, Sale)
HR - Ryan Braun (2, Sale), Donnie Murphy (1, Sale)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (5), Ryan Braun (3), Donnie Murphy (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (2)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Sean Halton 1
E - Sean Halton (1, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Macias (2, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Fiers (L,2-1) 3877212 6.98
Burke Badenhop 1000010 3.00
Jim Henderson 1000010 6.75
Tom Gorzelanny 1211000 3.68
Donovan Hand 2300100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 33-20, Burke Badenhop 5-5, Jim Henderson 5-5, Tom Gorzelanny 5-5, Donovan Hand 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 3-5, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Jim Henderson 1-1, Tom Gorzelanny 3-0, Donovan Hand 5-1
Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 19, Burke Badenhop 3, Jim Henderson 3, Tom Gorzelanny 5, Donovan Hand 10
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4220000 .353
    Blake Tekotte, CF1010000 .222
Jeff Keppinger, 3B3222100 .516
    Conor Gillaspie, PR-3B0000100 .278
Alex Rios, RF3222000 .500
    Jordan Danks, RF2000004 .351
Adam Dunn, DH3021110 .225
   a- Seth Loman, PH-DH1000003 .333
Paul Konerko, 1B3011001 .367
    Josh Bell, 1B1000000 .333
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000002 .304
    Jim Gallagher, PR-LF0000000 .500
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000022 .268
    Angel Sanchez, SS1000001 .321
Hector Gimenez, C3110002 .429
    Bryan Anderson, C1010000 .500
Gordon Beckham, 2B3112000 .278
    Steve Tolleson, 2B1000001 .333
Totals37813833  
a-grounded out for Dunn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alejandro De Aza (1, Gorzelanny), Alex Rios 2 (4, Fiers, Fiers), Hector Gimenez (1, Fiers)
HR - Jeff Keppinger (1, Fiers), Gordon Beckham (3, Fiers)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger 2 (2), Alex Rios 2 (4), Adam Dunn (9), Paul Konerko (10), Gordon Beckham 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Keppinger 2 (2), Adam Dunn (2), Gordon Beckham 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Conor Gillaspie (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (W,3-0) 7433132 4.19
Addison Reed (H,1) 1100000 4.26
Matt Thornton 1000100 13.50
HBP - Aoki (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 38-29, Addison Reed 4-4, Matt Thornton 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 9-6, Addison Reed 1-2, Matt Thornton 1-3
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 24, Addison Reed 4, Matt Thornton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 6916
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - John Tumpane