Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto has been selected to start Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
Meanwhile, Sale leads all of baseball in wins as the ace for the White Sox (45-43), who were the top team in the AL for the first month of the season before coming back down to earth in the middle of May. He has 123 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 125 innings, and batters are hitting.225 against him.
Last year, the AL doubled up the NL 6-3 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park behind winning pitcher David Price and MVP Mike Trout, who became the first player in 38 years to lead off the game with a homer.
Cueto is 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 18 starts with the Giants.
Additionally, he's just the second pitcher in White Sox history - along with left-hander Billy Pierce from 1955-59 - to make five consecutive All-Star rosters, and he joins Clayton Kershaw (2011-16), Felix Hernandez (2011-15) and Justin Verlander (2009-13) as the only other active pitchers to be selected to five consecutive All-Star teams in their careers. "But I'm very happy".
Baseball's annual mid-summer break is underway for the All-Star game that takes place Tuesday night in San Diego.
NL manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets will counter with Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist leading off, followed by Washington right fielder Bryce Harper, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers at designated hitter, Posey catching, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna, Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. "It would be the first time that I'm pitching in an All-Star Game and I want to pitch".
"What an honor", Sale said.
"I chewed tobacco from 2007 until the day he passed away", Sale said.