>>Chris Sale Named All Star Game Starter
Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox will start for the American League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game and Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants for the National League.
Sale, a 27-year-old left-hander, is 14-3 with a 3.38 ERA and leads the major leagues in wins. He has 123 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 125 innings, and batters are hitting .225 against him.
Cueto, a 30-year-old right-hander who left Kansas City to sign with the Giants last offseason, tops NL pitchers in victories. He is 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 115 in 131 1/3 innings. He has won 10 consecutive decisions since an April 21 loss to Arizona.
>>Sale Says Tony Gwynn Impacted His Decision on Chewing Tobacco
American League All-Star starter Chris Sale paid tribute to late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, saying he quit chewing tobacco when the San Diego Padres great died of salivary gland cancer in June 2014 at age 54.
The Chicago White Sox pitcher, who leads the major leagues with 14 wins, was picked to start Tuesday night's game at Petco Park.
He says "I chewed tobacco from 2007 until the day he passed away. I remember seeing that, and just being so shocked."
Sale says "I quit that day, and I haven't touched it since," adding "I owe him a huge thank you for not only myself but for my family."
A 15-time All-Star, Gwynn spent his entire big league career with the Padres, hitting .338 with 3,141 hits from 1982-01.