Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

Lefty's streak of 10-plus strikeouts ends in complete-game victory

Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

CHICAGO -- A Major League record of nine straight games with double-digit strikeouts eluded Chris Sale during a 4-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But that accomplishment stood as pretty much the only one missed out on during this exciting evening by the lanky left-hander.

Prior to his six-strikeout, 108-pitch complete-game effort, Sale was selected to the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile, making his fourth straight appearance. He'll make the trip to Cincinnati as the only White Sox representative, elected by the players after finishing behind Dallas Keuchel, Chris Archer and Sonny Gray among the voting for starting pitchers.

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It's an individual accomplishment, which warrants a broad smile and a few pleasant words in Sale's team-first mentality.

"I'm very appreciative of it. It's a great experience. It's awesome," Sale said. "It's always fun for myself and my family, getting everybody involved. It's always a good time." 

Sale's complete game

Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 3 p.m. CT on Friday.

And the voting doesn't end there. During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

Sale on his complete-game win

MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities, including the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 13. The Derby will feature a new format with brackets and timed rounds and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

Ventura on Sale, Buehrle

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports (6 p.m. CT air time, 7:15 first pitch), in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jose Abreu certainly had the numbers to be an All-Star consideration. But Mark Teixeira and Albert Pujols were chosen at first base, while Prince Fielder was added at designated hitter. Abreu was not part of the AL Final Vote ballot.

Sale, Flowers discuss win

Sale followed the All-Star nod with a mound matchup against Mark Buehrle, his former teammate and mentor, which lived up to the pregame hype and ended in 1 hour, 54 minutes. Sale will have to share honors with Pedro Martinez in regard to eight straight games with double-digit strikeouts, but he dropped his ERA to 1.62 over his last eight games covering 61 innings. He joined Billy Pierce as the only White Sox pitchers to make at least four straight All-Star teams, and set the franchise's first-half strikeout record at 147.

The 24,583 in attendance didn't get the 10 strikeouts they wanted, cheering at every two-strike count. But they got an even more desired result.

"Yeah, every time there's two strikes, everybody's making some noise," said a smiling Sale. "But it didn't work out. I'll take this outcome over that any day."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.