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Chris Sale gets lit up by Padres, allows six runs

Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale throws against Los Angeles Dodgers during an exhibitibaseball game Glendale Ariz. Friday Feb. 28

Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an exhibition baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Updated: March 5, 2014 8:22PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chris Sale was asked if he’ll consider wearing one of the new hats with protective padding that will be offered to pitchers this season. He said no, but quipped that might have been a good idea Wednesday the way the San Diego Padres were batting the ball around in an 8-0 White Sox loss.

After a near-flawless first outing against the Dodgers, Sale was a polar-opposite ineffective against the Padres, giving up six runs on six hits including a three-run homer to Nick Hundley. He walked one and hit a batter.

“It sucked,’’ the Sox ace said.

“You come here to get your work in and obviously I stretched it out and threw more pitches [59], got to my pitch count. You still want to go out there and have success and do well.’’

Sale, who struck out one Padre, said his arm felt good. After throwing only one slider against the Dodgers, he threw about a dozen Wednesday but had little or no command of it.

His level of concern? Pretty much none at all, he said.

“Like I said, we are here for a reason. It’s to prepare yourself. You still want to do well and have success. But I’m definitely not losing any sleep tonight over this one. April and May comes around, June and July something like that happens, that’s when it eats at you. We are here to get our work in and results are secondary to that.’’

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