The Fans Have Spoken: Sale is an All-Star
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Thanks to the best fan base in baseball, Chris Sale has won the American League’s Final Vote and will join White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star squad next Tuesday night in Minneapolis.
Chris is the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, the most of any team, following in the footsteps of Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011).
And a big congratulations and thank you to all my extraordinary colleagues in the White Sox organization who have been working 24/7 since Sunday to make sure Chris was an All-Star for the third straight year.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.
Quintana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 31 strikeouts and .188 opponent average in his last four starts, all of the quality variety. Jose currently owns a 15.2 scoreless innings streak and has allowed just one earned run over the last 25.2 innings. He is one of 13 American League pitchers since 2012 to work seven-plus scoreless innings at least eight times.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.
Plays of the Day
Sale was brilliant last night, allowing a run and four hits along with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the Sox’ late lead in the 5-4 loss to the Red Sox…Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each went 2-4 with a homer–it was Jose’s major-league high 28th (tied) and Gillaspie’s third of the year and second in as many nights (click on links below)…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle.
Sox Notes of Note
Abreu’s 28 homers, 48 extra-base hits and 192 total bases are the most by a first-year player before the All-Star break since the first All-Star Game was played in 1933. He also has 70 RBI, is slugging .627 with a .961 OPS…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.61 ERA in the last 16 games (since June 23). It’s the best mark in the AL and third-best in the majors…Sox first-base prospect Rangel Ravelo now owns a 25-game hitting streak for Class AA Birmingham, second longest streak in the minor leagues this season…Class AAA Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named to the 2014 International League All-Star team. Phegley, who spent part of the 2013 season with the Sox, leads all IL catchers with 13 home runs this season. He joins teammate Tyler Saladino, previously elected as the IL’s starting shortstop, as the Charlotte representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.
Quotes of the Day
Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about Chris Sale via @danhayesCSN:
* Most ice cream cones consumed in one day: 5 (twice).
* Number of tattoos: 2.
* Most calories consumed in a day (estimate from John Danks with help from trainer Allen Thomas: 5,000-6,000.
* Healthy foods he eats: “I’ve never seen him dig into a salad or eat broccoli,” said Tyler Flowers.
* Favorite movie: “I’m not really a movie guy.”
* Favorite saying: (with help from Flowers): “Was that a good pitch?” said after hanging a slider.
* Favorite baseball venues to visit: Yankee Stadium, Target Field.
* Go-to karaoke song (with assist from Flowers): “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.
* Most random fact about him (assist from Danks): “He’s really good at ping pong.”
* Favorite vacation spot (assist from Danks): “He always talks about Jamaica.”
* Number of remote-controlled cars owned: One because he gave the second to Daniel Webb.
* Favorite video game: “Putting me on the spot. Three-way tie between NHL, FIFA and Call of Duty (Zombie mode).”
* Favorite snack food: “Pretty much anything. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Said he “goes off” at Wendy’s.
* Sport he’s good at besides baseball (with an assist from Danks): “He’s a pretty good golfer.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
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