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Porcello falls short in Final Vote ballot

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KANSAS CITY -- Rick Porcello's bid to reach the All-Star Game via the Final Vote Sponsored by Experian fell short.

White Sox starter Chris Sale claimed the American League's final spot, topping Porcello and fellow American League starters Garrett Richards, Dallas Keuchel and Corey Kluber.

"This has been a fantastic experience. I've never been involved in something like this in my career, and obviously, I want to make that team and be there in the All-Star Game, but it doesn't take anything away from how I feel I threw the ball in the first half," said Porcello, who earned the nomination on the strength of his 11-5 record and 3.53 ERA.

Before the Final Vote, Red Sox manager and AL skipper John Farrell opted for his closer, Koji Uehara, over the five starters.

"There's been a long history of [managers] who took their own players, so I can't really argue with it, but do I think a guy like [Porcello] or Kluber was deserving? Yes," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "[But] I can't really argue, it's not like Uehara is a slouch."

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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