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Peavy up for AL's Final Vote

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Peavy up for AL's Final Vote

NEW YORK --- Jake Peavy needs your help.

The White Sox starting pitcher was left off the American League roster when All-Star selections were announced on Sunday but is still eligible to make the team through the Final Vote contest.

Peavy is up against Texas Yu Darvish, Kansas Citys Jonathan Broxton, Baltimores Jason Hammel and the Los Angeles Angels Ernesto Frieri for the 34th and final spot on the AL roster.

Fans can vote online for Peavy now until 3 p.m. Thursday (CST) at MLB.comvote or WhiteSox.com.

Peavy is the 10th White Sox player to be eligible for the contest since it began in 2002.

He is among the top six in the AL in compete games (four), innings pitched (112 2 3), batting average against (.215), strikeouts (101) and earned-run average (2.96)

A two-time National League All-Star, Peavy, 6-5 in 16 starts this season, hasnt participated in an All-Star Game since he pitched a scoreless inning in 2007.

The White Sox have already begun a TakeJake campaign. Fans can also text A5 to 89269 to vote for Peavy.

Last season, Paul Konerko made the roster when he won the Final Vote contest. A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Scott Podsednik (2005) were also previously voted into the All-Star Game.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

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Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.