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Sep 1, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The brewing rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and COVID-19 continued to be incredibly one-sided for the latter, as it’s now knocked ace Chris Sale out of action following a positive test, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo.

Sale’s positive makes him the 12th Red Sox player to land on the league’s COVID list since Aug. 27, and leaves Boston down an ace ahead of their weekend series with the White Sox.

This is also Sale’s second round with COVID, as the lefty reportedly had a ‘mild’ case of the coronavirus back in January.

Sale, who missed all of the 2020 season due to recovery from Tommy John surgery, has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.52 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 25 innings of work over five starts since returning to the team last month.

The Sox enter their weekend series in Chicago on the heels of a great win over the Rays on Wednesday night, and with wins in five of their last 10 contests.

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