Chris Sale would need to be voted in by his peers or selected by Boston manager John Farrell, but the left-hander’s manager thinks he’s an All-Star.
Sale has already appeared in two All-Star Games and Ventura thinks he hasn’t done anything to hurt his case for a third appearance. Sale is 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 12 starts this season, striking out 84 batters in 78 1/3 innings. The only possible drawback against his chances is that Sale missed five weeks with a left flexor muscle strain but Ventura believes he’s overcome that.
“You are also trying to win the game so you are trying to take the best guys,” Ventura said. “He has proven. He has done it over, not this just year, but the last couple of years. That stuff to me, you are looking at a guy that’s at the top of his game, whether he missed a little bit of time. He’s still one of the better and his numbers prove it out.”
Farrell doesn’t need to be sold on Sale’s ability. He was on hand for Sale’s one-hitter over seven innings on April 17, a game in which he struck out 10 batters. That also happened to be the appearance that landed Sale — who was the winning pitcher in the 2013 All-Star Game — on the disabled list until May 22.
Were he to be selected, Sale is one of three solid White Sox candidates for the All-Star Game to be played July 15 in Minneapolis. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is a strong choice to make the team in his first season as he’s tied for the major league lead with 25 home runs. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez is also a good candidate to make the squad as he’s hitting .298 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
Abreu is second in fan voting for AL first baseman, roughly 1.5 million votes behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who had 3.3 million when the latest results were announced Monday.
Ramirez is in second place in the AL behind New York’s Derek Jeter, who has roughly a 600,0000-vote lead.
Outfielder Adam Eaton said there are three keys to preparing for a minimum of 18 innings, as the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels are scheduled to do on Tuesday with a two-night doubleheader. The leadoff man said hydration, sunscreen and moving around in between games to stay loose is key. Game 2 is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener. First pitch for the opener is at 4:10 p.m. But Eaton also tries to prepare himself for the rigors of a mentally tough day, too.
“I kind of play a little mind game with myself and saying that both of these games are going to go extra innings,” Eaton said. “When they don’t then you’re surprised and they seem like it goes a little faster. If you think each is going to go 14 you’re in for the long haul. It sounds silly, but it works. Have that mentality and hope we get two, it’ll be great.”
— Matt Davidson has been on fire since Jim Thome’s visit to Triple- A Charlotte last month. The third baseman, who was acquired for closer Addison Reed, hit two home runs on Monday night and is hitting .353/.476/.794 over the past 10 games with four homers, seven RBIs and 11 runs. Davidson has 12 hits and seven walks.
— White Sox prospect Jacob May, a third-round pick in 2013, has been named the Carolina League player of the week for June 23-29. May, who is third in the Carolina League with 28 steals this season, hit .533 (16-30) with four doubles, two triples, 12 runs and nine steals in seven games.