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Uncomfortable watching his teammates play without him and uncertain how he would fare after spending two weeks on the disabled list, Chris Sale was both excited and curious as he prepared to pitch again for the Boston Red Sox.

Turns out, Sale was just as dominant as ever — maybe even more so.

Sale celebrated his return by striking out 12 in five shutout innings of one-hit ball, and the Red Sox moved 50 games over .500 by completing a sweep of the lowly Baltimore Orioles with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Sale (12-4) was placed on the DL on July 28 with left shoulder inflammation. Judging by his performance, the injury is no longer an issue.

“You never really know what you’re going to get until you get out there,” the left-hander said. “I felt good, and I felt strong.”

Sale became the first pitcher at the current mound distance (since 1893) to throw five or fewer innings while allowing one or fewer hits and striking out at least 12 batters, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora had said Saturday that Sale could throw 100 pitches

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