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Sale, Konerko, Dunn named to American League All-Star team

Jake Peavy

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Updated: July 1, 2012 3:01PM

NEW YORK — White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn were named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday.

Sale, who is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his first season as a starting pitcher, was named for the first time. Konerko is a six-time All-Star first baseman and Dunn, the Sox’ designated hitter who has bounced back from his worst season, is a two-time All-Star. Dunn made the National League team with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002.

Konerko, 36, is batting .336 with 14 homers and 45 RBI. Dunn, 32, is batting .213 with 24 homers and 58 RBI.

Sale responded with handshakes and hugs from teammates with an ear-to-ear smile.

“It’s awesome,’’ he said. “It’s something I’ve honestly thought about for a long time since I was a kid, playing baseball, being a fan of baseball. I was kind of speechless. They told me. It was just crazy.’’

White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is a Final Vote candidate for the All-Star Game.

The vote gives fans the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. The balloting has begun and continues through Thursday at 3 p.m. Central time.

The American League candidates are all pitchers: Peavy, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton, Texas’ Yu Darvish, Baltimore’s Jason Hammel, and Los Angeles Angels’ Ernesto Frier.

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