White Sox tip Red Sox 1-0 as Dylan Covey outduels Chris Sale
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BOSTON — The White Sox selected Chris Sale 13th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. Dylan Covey was taken 14th by the Brewers.
Sale was pitching in the majors a few months later. Covey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, didn’t sign because of it and took a long, slow road back.
Eight years later, they squared off. Sale is a six-time All-Star and Covey a Rule 5 draft pick who, after going 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA last season, is turning into a pleasant surprise. All Covey did Friday was outduel Sale in the Sox’ 1-0 victory against the Red Sox.
‘‘I haven’t stacked our careers against each other,’’ said Covey, who allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one in six-plus innings. ‘‘I know what he’s done, and he’s one of the best. It’s taken me a little bit longer than him to kind of find my groove and feel comfortable out there, but I’m there now and I feel good now.
‘‘That is what it is. I didn’t sign in 2010 for a reason, and my path is a little bit of a zigzag path, but I got here.’’
Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) yielded one run and six hits, including .131 hitter Trayce Thompson’s RBI single over a pulled-in infield in
the seventh, struck out 10 and walked one.
Sale tipped his cap to Covey (2-1, 2.22 ERA), who retired 12 consecutive batters during one stretch and is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last four starts. He also praised Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.
‘‘I’m not really surprised with Coop getting a hold of somebody like that and getting him going in the right direction,’’ Sale said.
After throwing 83 pitches, Covey got scoreless relief from Jace Fry, Nate Jones and Joakim Soria, who notched his third save of Sox’ road trip. After Xander Bogaerts singled to lead off the seventh, manager Rick Renteria turned to the left-handed Fry with three of the next four Red Sox hitters swinging from the left side.
‘‘Mentally and emotionally, [Covey was] grinding,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘When you look at him, he looked a little fatigued.’’
Fry pitched around an error by third baseman Jose Rondon and left runners on first and second by striking out Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Rodon on Kopech
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, who will make his 2018 debut Saturday, got a pretty good look at right-hander Michael Kopech during spring training and again during his rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte.
‘‘Electric stuff,’’ Rodon said. ‘‘You guys see it on video. Electric fastball, good breaking ball and still progressing on the changeup.’’
Kopech allowed two hits, struck out 10 and walked five in six innings Friday against Lehigh Valley. The walks are an indicator that his command isn’t where the Sox would like to see it; the strikeouts are a reminder of the electricity Rodon speaks of.
‘‘I think everyone is excited to see what he does when he comes up,’’ Rodon said.
Garcia set for rehab
Outfielder Avisail Garcia, who took batting practice again and has been running well, said he is joining Charlotte for a rehab stint Tuesday. He hasn’t played since April 23 because of a strained right hamstring.