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July 10, 2014

What You Need to Know

Chris Sale's Revenge

by Chris Mosch


The Wednesday Takeaway
When the rosters for next week’s All-Star Game were revealed on Sunday, arguably the most glaring omission from either side was the absence of Chris Sale. The lanky southpaw did miss a month of the season with a muscle strain in his pitching elbow, but on a start-by-start basis, he’s been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in baseball. The White Sox are well represented at the Midsummer Classic and Sale is still likely to make the trip to Target Field—he currently leads the American League Final Vote. But their skipper, Robin Ventura, still questioned how Sale’s gaudy numbers didn’t earn him an automatic ticket to the event.

Ventura’s comment was made in good humor, as the two skippers both received their higher education at Oklahoma State University. However, on Wednesday night in Boston, Sale was able to demonstrate firsthand to Farrell why a showcase of the junior circuit’s best players should be considered incomplete without him.

Through seven innings, the Red Sox had managed just three hits off Sale and only one of the extra-base variety. Boston’s best chance to score against Sale had come in the fifth, when Mookie Betts roped a one-out double off the Green Monster but was stranded in scoring position by Christian Vazquez and Brock Holt.

Meanwhile, the White Sox pushed across four runs of support for their ace. Jose Abreu went yard off Rubby De La Rosa in the first inning for his 28th dinger of the season. Conor Gillaspie followed with a solo bomb of his own in the second inning, and Chicago tacked on another run in the fourth inning and their fourth run against Edward Mujica in the top of the seventh. Chicago had other opportunities to add on to their lead, such as in the second inning, when Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed Tyler Flowers of an RBI extra-base hit with…

The Defensive Play of the Day

The White Sox nearly tallied multiple runs in the seventh against Mujica, but Boston limited the damage by completing a relay throw from left field to gun Alejandro De Aza out at the plate. Let’s just say that the play didn’t develop as Jonny Gomes had drawn it up.

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