Ned Yost talked Robin Ventura into letting him use White Sox ace Chris Sale in the All-Star game


White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that he’d prefer if ace left-hander Chris Sale did not pitch in the All-Star game after throwing 115 pitches in a dominant outing Saturday, but apparently Royals/American League manager Ned Yost has since talked him into it.

During an interview with ESPN radio this morning Yost said that he “talked to Robin” and “I’m going to pitch him … he’s definitely going to pitch in the game.”

Whether that means Sale will start for the American League or be used as a reliever remains unclear, but Yost says the agreement with Ventura was for one inning at most.

Sale was chosen for his fourth consecutive All-Star game after logging 119 innings with a 2.72 ERA and league-high 157 strikeouts in the first half. He’s thrown at least 108 pitches in 13 straight starts.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).