White Sox win opener behind Sale and Flowers


The Chicago White Sox will depend on starting pitcher Chris Sale to anchor their rotation in 2013. Tyler Flowers will also need to be a force if the team is to contend. They got both on Monday, winning their opener for the first time since 2005.

A 17 game winner last season, the White Sox got 7 2/3 innings from Sale. In the fifth inning a solo home run off the bat of Flowers gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead and that is exactly how things ended.

Relievers Matt Thornton and Addison Reed filled in the other 1 1/3 innings as the White Sox defeated the Royals 1-0. Last season the White Sox were 6-12 against Kansas City.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday. Jake Peavy will take to the bump for the White Sox while Ervin Santana pitches for the Royals.

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