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White Sox Sale, Konerko, Dunn named to All-Star team

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NEW YORK -- White Sox Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday.

Sale, who is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his first season as a starting pitcher, was named for the first time. Konerko is a six-time All-Star first baseman and Dunn, the Sox' designated hitter who has bounced back from his worst season, is a two-time All-Star. Dunn made the National League team with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002.

Pitcher Jake Peavy may have a chance to make the team as a Final Vote candidate.

Konerko, 36, is batting .336 with 14 homers and 45 RBI. He ranks second in the AL in average and on-base percentage (.413). Dunn, 32, is batting .213 with 24 homers and 58 RBI. He ranks third in the AL in homers and fourth in RBI. He leads the league with 64 walks.

Dunn is an early candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year award. He batted .159 with 11 home runs last season. He is tied with Johnny Bench for 56th place all-time with 389 home runs.

Sale, a 23-year-old left-hander, responded with handshakes and hugs from teammates with an ear-to-ear smile.

"It's awesome,'' he said. "It's something I've honestly thought about for a long time since I was a kid, playing baseball, being a fan of baseball. I was kind of speechless. They told me. It was just crazy.''

Sale is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last six starts. He leads the AL in ERA and is second with a 0.97 WHIP (walks and hits to innings pitched) and opponents batting average (.198).

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