White Sox closer Liam Hendriks named to American League All-Star Team

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White Sox' Liam Hendriks named an American League All-Star originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The American League has another option to close out this week's All-Star Game if needed, as well as a prime option for who to mic up.

The readily vocal Liam Hendriks was named to his second straight All-Star game as a White Sox and his third overall, as announced by Major League Baseball Sunday morning.

Hendirks is also is the first White Sox reliever since Bobby Jenks in 2006-07 to make back-to-back All-Star teams.

Hendriks is one of two replacements for the American League, who will not have the services of ace pitchers Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. Toronto's Justin Romano was also named to the team Sunday. On the National League side, Milwaukee's Devin Williams is tapped to replace Atlanta's Max Fried.

Hendriks has been lights out for a slowly reviving White Sox club over the past month, having not given up a hit in his last nine appearances. Most recently Hendriks struck out one Twin in a perfect save opportunity against Minnesota on Friday. Overall, Hendriks is carrying a 2.35 ERA with 45 strikeouts, 18 saves and a 0.95 WHIP with a 1-2 record in 30 relief appearances this season.

Hendriks joins teammate Tim Anderson, who was voted a starter for the AL at shortstop. The city of Chicago has four All-Stars overall, including Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ.

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