BOSTON — Chris Sale was the people’s choice. The White Sox lefthander was elected in the Fan Vote Thursday to fill the 34th spot on the American League All-Star roster.
Sale beat out Angels right-hander Garrett Richards, Tigers righty Rick Porcello, Indians righty Corey Kluber and Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel.
The voting ended at 3 p.m. CST.
Sale, who missed five weeks of the season with flexor muscle strain, is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA. He allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings in the Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday.
“He’s as good as anybody,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday before the Sox played the Red Sox Thursday. “I know it seems biased but you start looking at pitchers around the league and you can tell by the at-bats and swings guys have … He’s as good as anybody.’’
Sale, who is on the All-Star team for the third time in his three seasons as a starter, was the winning pitcher with two perfect inning in last season’s game at Citi Field in New York. This year’s game is Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Sale is the fourth White Sox winner in the Fan Vote, following Scott Podsednik (‘05), A.J. Pierzynski (‘06) and Paul Konerko (‘11).