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Sale allows a single run over eight innings

Chris Sale allowed 10 hits for the first time this season on Sunday against the Royals. Still, he keeps winning and preventing runners from scoring.

The White Sox All-Star can extend his longest active winning streak in the American League to nine games Saturday against the Tigers and starter Rick Porcello, who beat Sale on April 15. Sale, whose 2.11 ERA leads the AL, has only lost one game since.

"You know, the team needed a better effort out of me and I just didn't show up and got outpitched," Sale said after that outing.

He'll get another chance against Porcello with the American League Central Division lead on the line. The White Sox have led their division for 53 days.

The Tigers are a Major League-best 14-5 since June 28 and have won nine of their last 10 games at Comerica Park.

"It's great for your fans," said manager Jim Leyland. "You want to have them excited and have the town fired up."

Sale, who's allowed two runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts, will face a pitcher in Porcello who seems to have the White Sox figured out.

Porcello won both of his starts against the White Sox this season, allowing just one run in each game. He'll have to regain his previous form if he wants to repeat that success. The Tigers starter allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings on Monday and surrendered 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings July 5, taking no-decisions in both starts.

White Sox: Morel improving, begins rehab assignment
• Brent Morel began a rehabilitation assignment Friday with Class A Winston-Salem. He's been on the disabled list since May 22 with a lumbar back strain.

"That's the one thing is get him healthy and go from there," said manager Robin Ventura. "It's a tough thing when you're not healthy trying to do what he was doing or to gut it out."

• Jose Quintana took a no-decision Thursday night at Boston, despite tossing eight scoreless innings, marking his third time this season.

Tigers: Frustration building for injured Smyly
• The slow progress of Drew Smyly's right intercostal strain, which has him on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7, is weighing on the pitcher. It's unknown when Smyly will be able to return at this point, and he won't be cleared to throw until he is pain-free.

"It won't go away," Smyly said. "It stinks."

• Miguel Cabrera is leading the league with 56 RBIs since May 10, while batting .358 in that span. Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday night's 4-2 win.

Worth noting:
• The White Sox, who have lost five of their last seven games overall, continue to struggle at Comerica Park. Detroit has won 13 of the last 17 games against the White Sox at home.

• Delmon Young recorded his 44th RBI in 71 career games against the White Sox on Friday night. He's hitting .340 against the White Sox all-time.

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