White Sox pitcher Chris Sale named the American League starter for the All-Star Game

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SAN DIEGO - Starting a few weeks ago, it wasn't obvious which direction the White Sox would be going during an up-and-down 2016 season.

But one thing seemed for sure: Chris Sale would get his chance to show off his skills in baseball's midsummer classic.

It was official when Chris Sale was named to the All-Star team last week and on Monday he got another honor on Monday.

American League manager Ned Yost named the White Sox pitcher as the starter for the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Petco Park in San Diego.

Sale becomes the first White Sox pitcher to start the game since Mark Buehrle in 2005 and the first time the pitcher has started the game. He's been selected to the midsummer classic in each of the last five seasons.

In the end it was an easy choice for Yost since Sale has been the best pitcher in the American League with a 14-3 record and a 3.38 ERA. He has 123 strikeouts in 125 innings and a WAR of 2.6.

Yost also announced that fellow White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana will pitch in the fifth inning. He was added to the American League roster on Sunday after Indians' pitcher Danny Salazar didn't make the trip due to an elbow injury.

He will be opposed on the National League side by San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto who is 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his first season with the Giants. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was considered a candidate to start for the National League after a 12-4, 2.68 ERA in the first half of the season.