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Cubs and White Sox at the All-Star Game: Lucas Giolito settles down, Javier Baez just misses and James McCann is a hit

The Cubs and White Sox each had three players participate in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Here’s a look at how they did in the American League’s 4-3 victory.

Lucas Giolito, White Sox

Giolito pitched the top of the fourth inning, facing the middle of the NL order, and got off to a shaky start. He walked the Braves’ Freddie Freeman on four pitches, sailing the fourth over his head. But he recovered by striking out the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger on a changeup. He wrapped up his scoreless inning by getting the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Pirates’ Josh Bell to ground out.

Javier Baez, Cubs

Baez’s night began with boos from Cleveland fans during pregame warmups. He pumped his fist in reaction, then went 0-for-2 in the game. The Astros’ Justin Verlander struck him out on a 3-2 count in the first inning. Then Baez popped out to short left field in the third inning against the Twins’ Jose Berrios, just missing a home run.

James McCann, White Sox

McCann, making his All-Star debut, entered behind the plate in the sixth inning. He singled to right off Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff in the top of the seventh but later was forced out at second. He caught a foul pop off the bat of the Brewers’ Mike Moustakas with men on second and third to help the AL avoid further trouble in the eighth.

Willson Contreras, Cubs

The National League’s starting catcher went 0-for-2 in the game. Contreras grounded out to the mound against Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning and struck out looking against the Indians’ Shane Bieber in the fifth.

Kris Bryant, Cubs

Bryant, who recorded the final putout of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland while playing third base, entered Tuesday’s game in left field in the bottom of the fourth. It was a short night as he struck out looking against the A’s Liam Hendriks in the sixth inning in his one at-bat.

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Abreu entered at first base in the top of the seventh. He grounded into an inning-ending double play against the Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara in the eighth.

Chicago Sun-Times

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