Sale Looking to Join All-Stars Abreu and Ramirez
Monday, July 7, 2014
Jose, Alexei In, Chris Needs Your Vote
Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez, among the 25 first-time Major League All-Stars announced yesterday, are hoping to be joined by teammate Chris Sale, last year’s All-Star winning pitcher, at this year’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15.
Sale is one of five pitchers nominated in the American League’s Final Vote. And if past if prologue, the Sox’ ace lefty has a great chance to win. The fans have sent three of our players to the All-Star Game through through the final phase of voting: Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011).
And if you’re a Sox fan, you don’t need convincing that Chris, already a two-time All-Star, is deserving again this year. If you need more proof, check this out: He is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA, 9.89 strikeouts per nine innings, has 96 Ks in 87.1 innings pitched and his WAR is at 2.9 in 13 starts.
Make your voice heard at whitesox.com/vote. Or text A5 to 89269. #Target Sale.
Abreu is the first White Sox rookie to make the All-Star team since Ron Kittle in 1983. Other rookie Sox all-Stars include Carlos May (1969), Tommie Agee (1966) and Minnie Minoso (1951). Ramirez, in his seventh season with the Sox, joins Luke Appling, Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio, Bucky Dent and Ozzie Guillen as Sox All-Star shortstops.
Both Abreu and Ramirez were selected by the players. Abreu is tied for the major-league lead in homers, is third in RBI, in the Top Ten in OPS and has been named the AL Rookie of the Month in both April and June. Ramirez is hitting .286 with eight homers and 41 RBI along with his stellar defense.
Abreu: ‘‘It’s really a gift from God to have the privilege to play in the All Star game. Alexei has helped me a lot, it makes me really happy to be going to the game with him.’’
Ramirez: ‘‘I’m still in shock. It’s a recognition of the hard work I’ve put in here and we’ve put in as a team. It’s a great honor. I’m extremely happy I’m going with Jose. His first year in the league and he’s setting records. But it’s not just the two of us, but everyone [from Cuba] whether it’s National League or American League. I’m happy our Cuban baseball, our level of baseball, is being recognized here.”
In addition to the Sox’ two Cuban stars, countrymen Yoenis Cespedes of the A’s made the AL team and Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers and Aroldis Chapman of the Reds were selected to the NL roster.
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break that concludes in Cleveland. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-5, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (3-4, 6.22) for Boston.
Sox Starting LIneup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.
Plays of the Day
With two out in the first inning, Conor Gillaspie walked, Jose Abreu singled, sending Gillaspie to third, and Adam Dunn walked on a wild pitch that scored Conor. That’s all the Sox needed yesterday afternoon as we came away with a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Mariners…Hector Noesi was outstanding, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing just five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five for his third win of the season…Eric Surkamp came on in relief of Noesi in the seventh and got the dangerous Robinson Cano to fly out with the bases loaded to end the inning…with the help of three “web gems” by Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham and Abreu, Jake Petricka retired the side 1-2-3 in the eighth and did likewise in the ninth for his third save.
Enjoy the Sox’ outstanding eighth-inning defense through the links below. For the record, it was the third straight game Eaton registered an extraordinary catch.
Caught in the Middle
Whoops…Eaton got stuck right in the middle of yesterday’s announcer race.
R.I.P. Jim Brosnan, Former Sox Pitcher and Noted Author
Quotes of the Day
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.12) for the Sox, Brandon Workman (1-2, 4.17) for Boston.
Photo of the Day
Guess who else will be voting for Sale in the Final Vote?