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Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale said he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the Boston pitching staff after being added to a Red Sox rotation that already includes David Price and reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.

"We play for a trophy, not a tag," Sale said on a conference call Wednesday, a day after the AL East champions acquired him from the Chicago White Sox for a package of four minor leaguers that includes No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada. "It takes some pressure off of everybody. Just go out there and pitch, because you don't feel like you have this huge weight on your shoulders to win this game."

A five-time All-Star who finished in the top six of the Cy Young voting the last five years, Sale was traded to Boston on Tuesday at the winter meetings for four prospects - including Moncada, who was Baseball America's minor leaguer of the year this season. Sale was the premier pitcher on the market following a season of spats with White Sox management over clubhouse issues.

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Leaders
AVG: M. Betts.318
HR: D. Ortiz38
RBI: D. Ortiz127
SB: M. Betts26
W: R. Porcello22
ERA: D. Pomeranz2.47
Saves: C. Kimbrel31
K: D. Price228
AL East
TeamWLPctGB
X-Boston 9369.574-
Y-Baltimore 8973.5494
Y-Toronto 8973.5494
NY Yankees 8478.5199
Tampa Bay 6894.42025
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .282 (1)
Runs: 878 (1)
Hits: 1598 (1)
Home Runs: 208 (9)
Stolen Bases: 83 (13)
OBP: .348 (1)
SLG: .461 (1)
Total Bases: 2615 (1)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.00 (8)
Runs Allowed: 694 (9)
Saves: 43 (13)
Strikeouts: 1362 (9)
OpBA: .246 (7)
OBP: .314 (9)
SLG: .397 (7)
Run Support: 5.49 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/7 M. Moreland Signed as Free Agent ( 2017)(one-year contract)
12/6 C. Sale Traded Chi. White Sox (for 3B Yoan Moncada, five-player deal)
12/6 T. Thornburg Traded Milwaukee (for 3B Travis Shaw, five-player deal)
12/2 B. Holaday Free Agent - No Contract Offer (non-tendered)
11/16 É. Olmos Signed to a Minor League Contract
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Injuries
Date Player Status
8/25 A. Benintendi off 15-day DL
8/8 S. Wright off 15-day DL
8/6 D. Ortiz General stiffness (day-to-day)
8/5 R. Hanigan off 15-day DL
7/20 K. Uehara off 15-day DL
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