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The Chicago White Sox have no real intentions of dealing ace Chris Sale.
It also appears the Cleveland Indians aren’t ready to trade members of their starting rotation, even Carlos Carrasco.
Both will be on the mound Saturday night when the White Sox try to hand the Indians a season-high fifth consecutive home defeat.
Though it’s been reported that Chicago (44-50) has received calls regarding Sale (8-5, 2.86 ERA), it would take an awful lot in return for the underachieving South Siders to trade one of baseball’s best arms. The left-hander also seems content to stay put.
"There’s something to be said for being with a team your whole career and going through the ups and downs," he told MLB’s official website. "I’ve been up, I’ve been down, and I think for me, I would love to win.
"I don’t want to go anywhere else."
Sale experienced one of those down moments Sunday while allowing four runs and a season-high 11 hits, including two homers, in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Kansas City.
"Probably not his best fastball command," manager Robin Ventura said of Sale, who went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his final three starts before the All-Star break. ”He still has good stuff but it just wasn’t good enough."
After recording six of his 163 strikeouts, Sale failed to fan at least 10 for the second time in three outings since striking out 10 or more in eight straight. He’s also yielded five home runs in his last four starts after giving up one in the previous six.
Sale’s only run allowed in eight innings of a 2-1, 10-inning home win over the Indians (45-50) on May 18 did not leave the park.
The White Sox made a minor trade prior to Friday’s 6-0 victory, sending Conor Gillaspie to the Los Angeles Angels for cash.
Cleveland has heard from at least one team interested in Carrasco (10-7, 3.94), who leads the team in victories and is 2-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last five starts. However, general manager Chris Antonetti noted Friday that he expects the rotation to remain intact.
"We have no motivation to move any of them," he said. "It’s natural at this time of year for teams to reach out and express interest in a variety of different players. That’s no different."
Carrasco allowed a solo homer and struck out six in six innings of a 5-3, 11-inning victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Though the right-hander went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA against Chicago in April, he’s posted a 2.93 ERA while winning his last four starts opposite AL Central foes. The White Sox, though, have outscored the Indians 14-1 in the first two of this set.
Alexei Ramirez had three hits with two RBIs and Jose Abreu homered to extend his hitting streak to 12 games against Cleveland. Ramirez is 5 for 8 with five RBIs in the last two games after going 5 for 29 with three RBIs in his previous eight.
Melky Cabrera is batting .340 with 19 RBIs in his last 27 games and is 6 for 13 against Carrasco, who left in the first inning April 14 after taking a Cabrera liner to the face.
Michael Brantley had two of the seven hits for Cleveland, which has scored once in its last three home contests and is batting .171 in the last four.
Brantley is hitting .396 in his last 13 games but is 3 for 26 with 11 strikeouts against Sale.