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Chris Sale Named AL Pitcher Of The Month

Chris Sale. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Sale. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been named American League Pitcher of the Month for May, his first career monthly award.

Sale, 23, is in his first full season as a starter. During the month of May, he went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 35 strikeouts and a .181 opponents average over six games.  He led the AL in ERA, ranked third in opponents average and eighth in strikeouts.

Sale had 15 strikeouts in a victory on May 28 at Tampa Bay, which tied for the second-most in franchise history. They were the most by a White Sox pitcher since Jack Harshman struck out 16 on July 25, 1954. Sale also set a Tropicana Field record for strikeouts.

This is the second monthly award for the White Sox. Jake Peavy was named AL Pitcher of the Month for April. The last time Chicago won multiple AL Pitcher of the Month honors in a season was 2005, when Jon Garland (April), Mark Buehrle (May) and Jose Contreras (September) all earned the award.