Despite finishing the month with a trip to the disabled list, thanks to a lefty shoulder issue, Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was rewarded for his dominant July, Thursday. 

Sale was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, ahead of the team's four-game showdown with the second place New York Yankees at Fenway Park; a series the lanky lefty will not pitch in.

Sale was a beast, over his four July starts, pitching to a minuscule 0.36 ERA. The 29-year-old went 3-0, winning his first three games and settling for a no decision after the bullpen blew his fourth start; a game in which he pitched a scoreless six innings.

Sale also started the All-Star game for the AL, in the middle of the month, pitching a scoreless frame. It was his third straight start in the Midsummer Classic.