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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Sale loses, but is an All-Star; Crain, too

By Chris Girandola
Special to ESPNChicago.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale came out of Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with a silver lining, but the left-hander is beginning to tire of that precious metal.

He found out shortly before his 15th start he had been selected to his second career All-Star Game by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

During the game, however, he received no run support for the fourth time this season and remains winless over his past seven outings despite having a 3.10 ERA over that span.

"I'd definitely trade [the All-Star selection] for a win today," said Sale, who has received a total of nine runs over the seven starts. "It's frustrating. I think it'd be frustrating for anybody. Myself and everybody here is frustrated, not only when I pitch, just overall. But hey, stuff like this happens.
“It's part of the game. Just got to get it turned around. Just have to keep chugging along. If you start getting down on yourself, that's when things go even worse than they are."

Sale, who ranks in the top 10 of almost every American League pitching category but wins, has little reason to hang his head, though. He has done more than enough for the White Sox, who have scored just 31 runs in his 16 starts this season -- making the 2.46 run support average the lowest in the majors this season.

"You can't expect him to blank everybody," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's pitching fine, competing and doing all the things you want him to do. You don't get any runs; it kind of seems like it's wasted.

“We need to put some points on the board for him."

Despite the disappointment of Saturday's loss, Sale still managed to express some joy about his selection to the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be played at Citi Field on July 16.

"It's definitely an honor and something I'm completely proud of," Sale said. "I'm looking forward to it, and it means I've obviously done something this season of merit."

Ironically, Sale will make his final start before the All-Star break against the Tigers on Thursday.

"I guess I'm gonna have to pitch a good game for [Leyland]," Sale said.

In addition to Sale, Jesse Crain also received the honor of being selected to his first All-Star Game by Leyland. Unfortunately, Crain will be unable to participate due to his placement on the disabled list because of a shoulder strain.

"I'm definitely honored, and, of course, it would have been great to be there [along with Sale]," Crain said. "To be playing, this is my 10th season, and get recognized is pretty amazing. Being a setup guy and not being a closer, that means a lot.

“It means a lot to be voted in by the players. I was little upset and nervous going on the DL, bad timing and all that. But it’s an honor."