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Robin Ventura would prefer Chris Sale not pitch in All-Star Game

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Robin Ventura would prefer Chris Sale not pitch in All-Star Game

Chris Sale is the only White Sox player heading to Cincinnati this week, but manager Robin Ventura hopes he won’t see his ace left-hander take the mound for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark.

Sale threw 115 pitches in the White Sox 5-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday and has thrown 108 or more pitches in each of his last 13 starts. He’s handled the heavy workload well — he has a 2.13 ERA with double-digit strikeouts in 10 of those starts — but Ventura would rather see Sale get an extended break between appearances.

“I would prefer he wouldn’t (pitch), Ventura said. “He is (our only representative). But I also want him to pitch for us for the rest of the year too.”

Sale, who’s pitched in the last three All-Star Games, said he understands his manager’s position. If he doesn’t pitch Tuesday, Sale would be in line to start the White Sox series finale against Kansas City next Sunday.

“Those aren’t my decisions to make,” Sale said. “I understand where he’s coming from. I respect it. I’ve got to put this team first and foremost. This is the team I’m playing for and that I have a future with. I definitely understand where he’s coming from.”

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Jeff Samardzija and John Danks will starts Games 1 and 2 of Friday’s doubleheader while Jose Quintana will throw Saturday, Ventura said.

While Sale made a strong case to start the All-Star Game on Tuesday, if he doesn’t pitch he’ll have seven full days to rest up before facing the first-place Royals. Given Sale’s likely amped-up state if he did get in the game, it wouldn’t necessarily be a light day for him even if American League (and Kansas City) manager Ned Yost only deployed him for one inning.

“That's always a touchy thing,” Ventura said. “Knowing him, he's pitching on three days (rest), he hasn't done a lot in between starts, it's a lot to ask for a guy to go out there. You know he's going to crank it up.”

Sale, though, offered an alternative that would get him in the game and keep him off the mound, laughing and saying he would be available to pinch hit.

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.