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White Sox

White Sox's Lucas Giolito beats Twins, earns 1st All-Star nod

The White Sox's Jose Abreu slides in safely to score in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox's Jose Abreu slides in safely to score in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

CHICAGO – Before the latest batch of heavy rain fell Sunday, Lucas Giolito looked like a starting pitcher who deserved to go to the All-Star Game.

While the tarp was being removed at Guaranteed Rate Field and the White Sox and Twins prepared to resume play after a delay of two hours, 54 minutes, Giolito received word he is an American League All-star.

The Sox will be sending three players to the July 9 All-Star Game in Cleveland.

As with Giolito, catcher James McCann will be making his first appearance. First baseman/designated hitter Jose Abreu is heading to his third All-Star Game.

“We’re very, very proud of all three of those young men,” manager Rick Renteria said after the Sox hung on for a 4-3 win over Minnesota.

Giolito (11-2) pitched five scoreless innings against the Twins before the rain delay, lowering his ERA to 2.72 and earning the win. The 24-year-old righty also became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 11 wins.

“Good day,” said Giolito, who had the highest ERA (6.13) in baseball last season. “It’s been a dream of mine to be an MLB All-Star ever since I was a little kid. Now it’s happening. It’s probably going to take a couple days to sink in for real, but it’s an amazing feeling.

“After the year I had last year, it’s been battling back, figuring some things out and pitching like I know I can pitch.”

McCann was nontendered by the Detroit Tigers at the end of last season after hitting .220/.267/.314 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs. This season, the 29-year-old catcher is slashing .320/.378/.519 with nine homers and 27 RBIs.

“It’s a dream come true,” McCann said. “You dream as a little boy to play in the big leagues. It’s a dream on another level to be in an All-Star Game. To be able to have that kind of reality, it’s a special feeling.”

CEASE’S TIME IS NOW

Renteria announced pitcher Dylan Cease is coming up from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. The 23-year-old righty will start Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

In 15 starts with Charlotte this season, Cease is 5-2 with a 4.48 ERA. He had a rough June, giving up 16 earned runs on 25 hits and 12 walks over 171/3 innings.

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