White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will have one final start to convince fans that he should win the American League Final Vote before the results are announced on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.
He'll make that start Wednesday night against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Sale held the early AL lead at the first voting update thanks to his unbelievable numbers this season. Even after spending a month on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his left arm, Sale is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 13 starts.
"As far as him going out and having a good year … he is one of the most dominant pitchers in the game," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
Since his return from the DL, the left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA in nine games. One of Sale's most outstanding performances came in his last start against the Mariners, allowing one run on six hits for his second complete game of the season.
"For me, I'm satisfied with what I've done," Sale said. "Obviously, I'd like to have been out there a little more, but you can't go back and say ifs, ands or buts, so for me, it's looking forward and try to do the same or just a little better in the second half."
Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will have the tough task of pitching against Sale. Boston recalled De La Rosa and optioned Brandon Workman after Tuesday's 8-3 loss.
While right-hander Clay Buchholz spent a month on the DL, De La Rosa jumped into the rotation, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts.
If De La Rosa has another solid outing on Wednesday, it's likely he could become a member of Boston's rotation after the All-Star break.
"Really impressed," general manager Ben Cherington said after De La Rosa was optioned earlier this season. "I think you can see him use the fastball, different kinds of changeups, his breaking ball in the mix, his confidence. He clearly looks like a Major League starter."
White Sox: Abreu not among HR Derby participants
Jose Abreu was not one of the four AL participants in the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby announced on Tuesday. Instead, Brian Dozier, Yoenis Cespedes and Adam Jones will join captain Jose Bautista. A fifth participant will be announced on Thursday.
Abreu did not comment on the Derby on Tuesday, and pushed aside the question Monday to focus on the game.
"We've still got some time here," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "We've got [six] games to go, and, to be honest, I haven't thought about that. That's not a priority right now."
Red Sox: Victorino out until after All-Star break
Boston manager John Farrell said on Tuesday that right fielder Shane Victorino will not return to the Red Sox lineup before the All-Star break after experiencing "increased symptoms" in his lower back.
He sustained a slipped disk in his back during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on June 24.
"There was a tentative plan in place that had him up to five consecutive days of games played. And that was going to include a progression through the typical 2-3 at-bats all the way through a full nine innings," Farrell said. "So we're still following that guide. We didn't anticipate him back until after the All-Star break."
Victorino hasn't played since May 23, when he aggravated a hamstring that caused him to miss the first 22 games of the season.
• Sale has made seven career appearances against the Red Sox, going 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA.
• The White Sox are are 7-14 in their last 21 contests at Fenway Park.
• The Red Sox have played an AL-high 34 games decided by one run. They are 15-19 in those contests.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.