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Pair needs final All-Star push from fans

Dye, Konerko need final push

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CHICAGO -- Playing through pain has become an unwanted watchword for White Sox stalwarts Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko during the current 2009 season.

And despite Dye working with a left calf strain and Konerko dealing with a sore right thumb that has bothered him for parts of the past two seasons, they continue to produce on the field. Now, Dye and Konerko need White Sox fans to respond with that same sort of impressive production during this final stage of voting for the All-Star Game, to be played in St. Louis on July 14.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

As of the most recent results, Konerko sits outside the top five at first base, and the same holds true for Dye in the top 15 vote-getters among outfielders. Yet, both of their overall numbers are commensurate with what would be expected from All-Star caliber efforts.

Konerko is hitting .289 with nine home runs and a team-high 42 RBIs. He also leads all White Sox hitters with 15 doubles. Dye tops the White Sox list with 15 home runs and sits tied with Jim Thome for second on the team at 39 RBIs.

Scott Podsednik continues to serve as one of Major League Baseball's greatest surprise stories of 2009, emerging as one of the game's truly dynamic leadoff hitters. Podsednik is hitting .349 with 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored in his last 26 games but would need write-in support from White Sox fans to be chosen for the Midsummer Classic.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has exhibited his usual durable and steady effort behind the plate, via his .290 average in 56 games played.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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