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.