Sale, Rizzo Make All-Star Squads

CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is the American League's winner of the 2014 MLB Final Vote.  Sale is the fourth White Sox player in history to be selected to play in the All-Star Game via MLB’s Final Vote, the most for a club in the history of ballot dating back to 2002. 

With more than 6.7 million of the 52.2 million votes that were cast, Chris Sale bested Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers and Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels.  The lefty ace joins teammates and first-time All-Stars Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez at this year's Midsummer Classic.

Sale will now be part of the A.L. roster for the 85th Annual All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 in Minneapolis.  Sale is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA (22 ER/95.0 IP), two complete games, 102 strikeouts and a .190 opponent average (64-336) over 14 starts (11 quality) this season. 

Rizzo overtook Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau on Wednesday night after homering for the third time in as many days, and held on in a tight National League race for his first trip to a Midsummer Classic. Those two finished ahead of Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee. Rizzo received 8.8 million votes.

Rizzo entered Thursday with 20 homers, one behind NL leader Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, becoming the first Cub to win a Final Vote. Aramis Ramirez finished second to Bobby Abreu of the Phillies in 2004 and Carlos Zambrano finished second to Chris Young of the Padres in 2007. Rizzo will join shortstop Starlin Castro as the Cubs' representatives on Tuesday.

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