White Sox: Chris Sale will get his shot at the All-Star Game

White Sox: Chris Sale will get his shot at the All-Star Game
July 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Jose Abreu got the chant started — "Say-ell! Say-ell! Say-ell!"

The White Sox first baseman kicked off the campaign to have Chris Sale join him and Alexei Ramirez in Minneapolis, smiling as he chanted the left-hander's name after speaking to the media about his own All-Star bid. But if the White Sox ace joins Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star team it'll be via the Final Vote contest. 

Sale is up against four other pitchers for the vote: Cleveland's Corey Kluber, Detroit's Rick Porcello, Houston's Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles' Garrett Richards. 

"It's an honor really to go but to even be thought of as going is still an honor," Sale said. "I appreciate being able to go through this process. Hopefully we pull it out."

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Three White Sox players have won the Final Vote since its inception in 2002 — Scott Podsednik in 2005, A.J. Pierzynski in 2006 and Paul Konerko in 2010. 

Over the next few days, expect to see plenty of White Sox players conducting interviews wearing Scott Carroll's Doodle Hats with messages urging fans to vote Sale. An All-Star in 2012 and 2013, Sale said he won't do much campaigning for himself and doesn't plan on voting for himself in the competition, either. 

"I'll probably rely on my teammates," Sale said. "I'm not much of a self-promoter if you will. I'll let them have fun with it, obviously I'll probably be involved in some of it. But I'll probably just let them have fun with it."

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Sale's month-long stint on the disabled list likely cost him a guaranteed spot on the American League All-Star roster. While he's only thrown 87 1/3 innings, he has a sparkling 8-1 record with a 2.16 ERA and 96 strikeouts against only 16 walks. 

In Sale's last start, he allowed one run with no walks and 12 strikeouts in a complete game effort against a Seattle team with six left-handers in its lineup. With that in mind, White Sox manager Robin Ventura made his pitch for Sale to head to Minneapolis.

"I know if they've got a big lefty coming up for the National League, I know who I'd want pitching," Ventura said. "The game means a lot now as far as having home-field advantage for the American League. I know I'd have him there in case there was a big spot in there for a lefty."