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Sox closer Addison Reed making All-Star name for himself

The Chicago White Sox AddisReed during Spring Training Camelback Ranch Glendale AZ Tuesday February 19 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

The Chicago White Sox Addison Reed during Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 31, 2013 8:56PM

If Addison Reed keeps it up, he’ll force himself into consideration for the American League All-Star team.

Granted, the game is six weeks away, but Reed is building a nice résumé, ranking second in the AL with 17 saves and fourth in save percentage (he has failed in one opportunity). His ERA is 1.96, a significant drop from the 4.75 during his rookie year when he converted 29 of 33 save opportunities for a pennant-contending team.

“It would be awesome,’’ Reed said. “Obviously, you don’t play to make an All-Star team; you play to win a World Series. But it’s something on the side you hope to look back at when your career is over and say, ‘That was special; that was cool to do.’ ’’

The Sox have won only six games that Reed (1-0) hasn’t saved or won. Not that he wanted or needed it, but the Cubs’ three wins kept him on the sidelines this week.

Reed said he probably has watched every All-Star Game since his childhood and would be blown away by participating, but the 2013 game isn’t on his mind now.

“It’s honestly nothing that has crossed my mind at this point,’’ Reed said. “It probably will when the All-Star lineups are announced. Trying not to think about it because it’s just one more thing to think about, and I’m better off when I don’t think about anything except going out there to pitch. If it happens, it would be really cool, and if it doesn’t, I’m not going to cry about it.’’

Mariano Rivera (18-for-19, 1.86) is a lock to make the team in his final year. Joe Nathan (16-for-17, 2.26) and Reed make the next-best cases.

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