Tyler Skaggs

Sale, Duffy become latest aces forced to make early exits

Chris Sale and his fellow aces are having all sorts of trouble with these tuneup starts.

Sale was knocked off the mound by a line drive Saturday and exited with a bruised left hip. He said the injury wasn't serious and wouldn't jeopardize his opening day start for the AL East champions Thursday at Tampa Bay.

"I don't see anything lingering from this," Sale said. "Looked a lot worse than it really is."

Sale was hit by a liner off the bat of Houston's J.D. Davis in the first inning. He crumpled to the ground, then walked off the field under his own power.

On Friday, San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner sustained a broken finger on his...