Sale, Konerko, Dunn named to AL All-Star team

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Sale, Konerko, Dunn named to AL All-Star team

NEW YORK --- Looks like Chris Sale will have to hold off plans to furnish his new house a little longer.

The starting pitcher is one of the White Sox players to be named to the July 9 All-Star Game along with first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn. Sale was honored for the first time while its the sixth for Konerko, who has gone each of the last two seasons. Dunn was previously named to the National League All-Star team in 2002. Rosters were announced on Sunday afternoon.

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is also a candidate to make the team in the final vote contest.

Sale will have to shift gears. Instead of spending the break buying furniture for an offseason home in Florida he and his wife Brianne have purchased, Sale will take the family to Kansas City.

I guess Ill have to find another time to do that, but Ill sleep in an empty house for the first couple weeks of the offseason, Sale said. Thats fine with me.

Sale is 9-2 with an American League-leading 2.27 ERA. He will start Tuesdays home opener and pitch the first-half finale next Sunday too, which could make an actual appearance difficult. Earlier this week, Sale said he wouldnt ask the team to move him back to Wednesday because of the importance of the final week of action.

Sale still has the option of pitching Tuesday because of a rule in the new collective bargaining agreement. He said hell play that by ear, however.

If I feel good well go at it, Sale said. Obviously its something weve got to sit down and talk about a little bit more. Thats the last thing Im thinking about right now. Im just excited for the opportunity. Its something Ive dreamed about for a long time and its here.

Peavy will compete against Kansas Citys Jonathan Broxton, Texas Yu Darvish, the Los Angeles Angels Ernesto Frieri and Baltimores Jason Hammel in the final vote contest.

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA)

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”