5 Chicago players named All-Stars

July 1, 2012

For two of them, playing in the midsummer classic is a dream come true.

For the Cubs, shortstop Starlin Castro will get his second straight nod at shortstop. Paul Konerko makes his sixth trip and Adam Dunn goes from booed to wooed and is going as a DH.

Bryan LaHair and Chris Sale are both making their first appearance, LaHair at first even though he doesn't play that position anymore.

American League manager Ron Washington of Texas said he felt White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski deserved to be on the roster.

"I consider him a winning player," AL manager Ron Washington of Texas said. "He beats you mentally, he beats you physically, so I feel really bad for Pierzynski."

Said Pierzynski: "If he felt that bad, he would have put me on the team."

"He had an opportunity to do it. He didn't do it," he said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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