Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn made it to the American League All-Star team. A.J. Pierzynski did not. And Jake Peavy still has a shot. That's how Sunday's All-Star proceedings shook out for the White Sox. Sale, who is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his first season as a starting pitcher, was named for the first time. Konerko is now a six-time All-Star first baseman, and Dunn is a two-time All-Star who also made the National League team with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. Peavy, like Dunn a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is a Final Vote candidate. He was most happy for Sale, a 23-year-old left-hander who responded to handshakes and hugs from teammates with an ear-to-ear smile. ''It's awesome,'' Sale said. "It's something I've honestly thought about for a long time since I was a kid, playing baseball, being a fan of baseball. I was kind of speechless. It was just crazy.'' Sale is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last six starts. He leads the AL in ERA and is second with a 0.97 WHIP (walks and hits to innings pitched) and opponent batting average (.198). ''It's been an incredible ride,'' Sale said. ''I wish I could sit here and tell you I did this all by myself, but I've had two catchers behind the plate; the defense is behind me, scoring runs when I'm out there.'' Konerko is batting .335 with 14 homers and 40 RBI. Dunn is .213 with 24 homers and 58 RBI.
White Sox' Sale, Konerko, Dunn get All-Star nods; Peavy up for vote
Chicago Sun-Times | Jul 2