Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Tuesday's start against the Texas Rangers was the last start for Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale before the All-Star break, and the lefty made sure it was memorable.

Sale went 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits while fanning four in the White Sox's 19-2 win. He lowered his season ERA to 2.19, making the case for Texas manager Ron Washington, who is the American League All-Star manager, that Sale should be the starter in the Mid-Summer Classic.

As far as why Tuesday was Sale's last start, despite the schedule allowing him to start Sunday against Toronto, the Sox have been looking for ways to get his innings down, as well as the fact that they would like to see Sale pitch in the All-Star Game.

General manager Ken Williams said that the staff had been talking the last few days, and a consensus was reached that enough was enough for Sale in the first half.

"Well, whether I want to see him or not (in the All-Star Game), it's going to happen," Williams said. "Fortunately, we already built in ... a number of weeks or months back ... that we were going to give him a break at some point."

It will be the second time the Sox have had him miss a start this season, although the first time was out of concern. It was back in early May that Sale had some pain in his arm, so the Sox made the decision to move him to the bullpen. Sale talked his way back into the rotation after an MRI came back clean, and he hasn't looked back.

Now, he'll get at least 10 days off, not counting what could be a short stint in the All-Star Game.

"Now, going into the second half, we give him another break," Williams said. "All-Star Game or not, he was going to get it. So, All-Star Game or not, he was going to have to throw a side day right during the break. We get to do it in front of the entire baseball world. It happens to be an All-Star Game. Go do it. Go for it. You've earned it. You deserve it."

Manager Robin Ventura said that Sale would go through his normal workout and routine between starts, just so that he doesn't get out of whack.

"He can still throw, so it's not like he's going to take a full 12 days off and not do anything," Ventura said. "We're looking to do what's best for him and us. He's a big part of our rotation, so maybe we'll start back up (after the break) and maybe he won't throw the first game, but again, it's looking at him and how he's doing and where we're at ... who we're facing, things like that."

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