GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It was only March 1, but Chris Sale's juices were flowing like it was Sept. 1.
Or April 1, when he likely will get the ball to pitch on Opening Day.
Manager Robin Ventura is waiting to announce it. For what it's worth, Sale repeated on Friday that it would be an honor to get the nod.
"Absolutely. It's an honor,'' Sale said "Throwing opening day, just the excitement that goes into opening day. ... I was a kid in the candy shop the last couple opening days [just watching}, so to actually be playing would mean the world to me."
Sale pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the White Sox 9-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Dayan Viciedo hit a tape measure homer to left, and Brent Morel and Marcus Semien also homered for the Sox (3-2-2).
"I definitely felt good out there,'' Sale said. "The first inning was kind of sporadic. Just felt like I was going one million miles per hour. [Catcher] Hector [Gimenez] came out and said, 'slow it down.' When I threw my off-speed stuff, it kind of slowed me down and got me back to where I was. Thanks to him, I was able to pull it out
"Yeah, as far as today went, it's a good building block. I'm very satisfied with how it went. Obviously, there's room for improvement in anything you do. But this is a good building point. Day one, hot on the mound. Build from this and learn from this and try to go into the next one a little more."
Sale threw 48 pitches, 29 for strikes. He walked one in a 30-pitch first inning, then finished strong with a perfect inning before allowing a bloop single to Nate Spears and striking out Michael Bourn for the second time to end his day.
Matt Carson hit a three-run homer against Sox prospect Erik Johnson.
Gimenez was 3-for-3 for the Sox, giving him five hits in seven spring at-bats.