Sale makes final pitch for All-Star Game against Red Sox

( - Chris Sale has pitched like an All-Star, but his first ever trip to the disabled list earlier this season is likely the reason he isn't on the American League squad.


Sale continues his push for inclusion in the Midsummer Classic on Wednesday night when his Chicago White Sox resume a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox.

The 25-year-old Sale is a solid 8-1 with a 2.16 earned run average on the year in 13 starts. That includes a no-decision versus Boston on April 17, when he gave up just one run on one hit and three walks over seven innings with 10 strikeouts.

However, shortly after that start Sale landed on the DL because of a flexor muscle strain in his left arm and was out of action until May 22, but has picked up right where he left off. The 25-year-old has won five of six decisions since coming back and won his second start in a row on Friday versus Seattle.

Sale logged a complete-game victory over the Mariners, scattering a run on six hits without a walk while striking out 12. It was his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season and the seventh of his career with at least 12, a White Sox franchise record.

"It helps the bullpen with him able to do that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the complete game. "He's learning to be efficient."

Sale's efficiency helped to net him one of the five spots for the American League Final Vote, which decides the final spot on the All-Star roster.

In limited time this season, Rubby De La Rosa has shown an ability to pitch to All-Star form and the righty makes his return to the Red Sox rotation tonight.

De La Rosa will make his sixth start of the campaign and first since June 21. The rookie had earlier been filling in for the injured Clay Buchholz, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA. He allowed one run or fewer in three of those outings, but was touched for eight runs, 16 hits and three homers over 11 1/3 frames in the two setbacks.

Still, the 25-year-old has won both of his home starts in 2014 while logging a total of 14 scoreless innings. De La Rosa will try to keep up that scoreless stretch tonight in his first ever meeting with the White Sox.

De La Rosa was recalled after Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the White Sox, with Brandon Workman sent down to the minors after giving up five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in taking the loss.

The defense didn't do Workman and the bullpen any favors, committing two errors in Boston's fourth straight loss and seventh in eight games.

"Any time you give extra outs, you're asking for trouble," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Can't deny we've given up extra outs that have come back to haunt us over the past five games."

Conor Gillaspie hit the tie-breaking two-run homer among his three hits and scored twice for the White Sox, who won their third in a row and fifth in the past six games.

"He can put it in play and usually he puts it in play hard," said Ventura of Gillaspie. "Even going into this year, he felt out of Spring Training that he understood what it takes to hit here and he has been showing it. You get it in the zone and he puts a good swing on it."

Jose Abreu finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored once in the win.

The White Sox had lost five straight in Boston coming into this series and six of seven overall.