Royals impress All-Star lefty Sale in Friday's win

Royals impress All-Star lefty Sale in Friday's win

Royals impress All-Star lefty Sale in Friday's win

CHICAGO -- Consider White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, beaten by the Royals on Friday night, impressed by the 2013 Kansas City club.

"This is a team that I either feel like I do well against or don't do well at all against," Sale said. "They are a very free-swinging team, but at the same time, they are very athletic. They put the bat on the ball and they make things happen. This is a team that I was not surprised by at all this year having the success they had. They can hit, they can pitch and they have a heck of a bullpen, too."

Until the Royals dinged him for four runs in a 6-1 White Sox loss Friday night, Sale had allowed just two runs in three previous starts against K.C. this season. He's 5-7 against the Royals in his career.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.