June 30, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (44) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

2012 MLB All-Star Game: N.L. Crushes A.L. 8-0

San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera claimed the MVP Award.

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White Sox, Cardinals Team Up For All-Star Final Vote

The Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals have made an unlikely pairing. The teams from neighboring states have reportedly joined social media forces in hopes of getting SP Jake Peavy and 3B David Freese to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

Peavy, who sports a 2.96 ERA, and Freese, who owns a strong .286/.336/.482 slash with 14 home runs, are both up for the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Both teams are now encouraging fans to vote for both Peavy (in the AL) and Freese (in the NL) in a vote-sharing arrangement that should boost the chances both players. According to the latest accounts, Peavy is trailing Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish by a "slim margin."

The White Sox will have at least three representatives at the All-Star Game. SP Chris Sale, 1B Paul Konerko and DH Adam Dunn have already received their invitations and will play the American League.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Starlin Castro, Bryan LaHair Represent Cubs On NL Roster

The Chicago Cubs are sending two players, shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Bryan LaHair, to this year's MLB All Star Game, as the rosters for the game were announced on Sunday afternoon. Both players made the roster as reserves, as Rafael Furcal beat out Castro for the starter's spot.

The 22-year-old Castro is building quite the resume, one that already includes two All-Star Game appearances and a hit title last season. His offensive numbers have dropped somewhat this season, with a .298/.319/.432 line over 332 plate appearances, although his defensive metrics and stolen base figures have improved.

LaHair is making the season in his first year as a legitimate starter at the tender age of 29. He's hit .284/.364/.526 with 13 homers over 239 plate appearances this season, although he's currently being supplanted at first base in Chicago by Anthony Rizzo.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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2012 MLB All Star Game: Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn Also Representing White Sox On AL Roster

We already knew that Chris Sale would be receiving the honor, but it's since been announced by MLB that two more players from the Chicago White Sox, first baseman Paul Konerko and designated hitter Adam Dunn, are part of the AL roster for this year's game.

Konerko was a no-brainer for this year's roster, with some noting that he was probably deserving of the starting spot at first base over Detroit's Prince Fielder. The 36-year-old will be making his sixth career All Star Game appearance after hitting .336/.413/.556 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 293 plate appearances so far this season.

The appearance may be sweeter for Dunn, though, after the miserable struggles he went through last season. After posting historically bad numbers in 2011, he's rebounded to hit .213/.363/.515 with 24 homers over 339 PA's this year, the third-highest figure in the big leagues.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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2012 MLB All Star Game: Chicago's Chris Sale Makes Team In First Year As Starter

While the full rosters for this year's MLB All Star Game are being announced this afternoon, teammates were seen congratulating Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale for making the team before Sunday afternoon's game, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Chicago's first round pick in 2010, Sale spent last season in the bullpen before converting to the rotation this spring. It's led to a breakout for the 23-year-old, who has posted a 2.27 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 24 walks over 95.1 innings with the White Sox this season.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show: Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 MLB Season is nearing its midpoint as players, coaches and front office personnel are preparing for the 2012 All-Star Break. But before the regular season pauses for its annual celebration of talent, the league has to announce who will actually participate in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

This season, the announcement will come via a TBS special on Sunday afternoon, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, followed by the series conclusion of the Chicago White Sox versus the New York Yankees. Here's a look at the details for the event:

Channel: TBS

Time: 12:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 1

First Pitch: 1:00 p.m CDT

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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