White Sox lefty Chris Sale excited about All-Star appearance
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 7, 2012 9:00PM
Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays. 9Th-Inning Toronto Blue Jays No.19 Jose Bautista is tagged out at 3rd base by White Sox third baseman No. 20 Kevin Youkiilis Saturday July 7, 2012. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: August 9, 2012 9:41AM
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale won’t start the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. The decision was influenced by the Sox, who want to limit Sale’s work to one inning.
‘‘Darn,’’ a smiling Sale said Saturday. ‘‘I mean, it would be something that would be great. At the same time, I’m not going to sit here and complain about still being a part of the All-Star Game but not starting it. It’s still an honor to be there.’’
Sale, 23, has the second-best ERA in the American League (2.19) and a record of 10-2 in his first season as a starter. He will join first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn as Sox representatives to the game.
‘‘It doesn’t matter if it’s the beginning, the end or somewhere in between,’’ Sale said of his All-Star appearance. ‘‘I’m just excited to be there.
‘‘[Starting the game] is something that crossed my mind and I thought about a little bit. But it’s just about being a part of the whole process, and just having the opportunity to pitch in an All-Star Game is enough for me, to be honest.’’
Sale said he’s looking forward to watching the Home Run Derby on Monday in person.
‘‘That’s always been one of my favorite things to watch,’’ he said. ‘‘I do it every year. It’s fun watching guys hitting balls for miles — and not looking back [from the mound]. I can look forward and think, ‘Man, that was cool.’ ’’
Dunn is hitting only .158 against left-handers and has 52 strikeouts in 95 at-bats against them. But he also has hit seven home runs against lefties, which matters to manager Robin Ventura.
‘‘Every time I thought about sitting him, he hit a home run — and he told me that, too,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s not the prototype for a 3-hole hitter, but he does a lot of stuff that’s good for us.’’
With the addition of Kevin Youkilis, Ventura said he might be more likely to rest Dunn against lefties. Youkilis can play first and Eduardo Escobar third, with Konerko serving as the DH.
Right-hander Philip Humber returned to the Sox on Saturday after making a rehab start Friday for Class AAA Charlotte.
‘‘My arm feels great,’’ said Humber, who is on the disabled list with a strained flexor in his right elbow. ‘‘My fastball command was pretty much where I wanted it to be, and I threw sliders for the first time. I feel like I’m healthy. I don’t know what the schedule is going to be now with the All-Star break.’’
Ventura said Humber probably would make one more rehab start.
Hudson in lineup
Orlando Hudson started at second Saturday, giving Gordon Beckham a day off. He went 0-for-2.
‘‘I don’t necessarily want [Hudson] to sit for three weeks,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s not easy for a guy who has played every day to be able to accept [a bench role] and actually do it and feel comfortable at it.’’