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Pierzynski snubbed on AL All-Star roster

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Pierzynski snubbed on AL All-Star roster

NEW YORK -- A.J. Pierzynski had a pretty good grasp on the All-Star team long before rosters were announced on Sunday afternoon.

The White Sox catcher was snubbed from making his third All-Star appearance as three other catchers have been named to the American League roster. Even though hes on pace to establish career highs in home runs and RBIs, Pierzynski probably isnt surprised his name wasnt called.

On Saturday, Pierzynski said he thought he deserved to be selected, but didnt expect to make the team because the All-Star process is a popularity contest.

Texas Mike Napoli won the fan vote and is the American League starting catcher for the July 10 game. Baltimores Matt Wieters and Minnesotas Joe Mauer were named as reserves for the AL roster by manager Ron Washington.

Pierzynski entered Sunday hitting .285 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs this season through the teams first 78 games. He hit 18 homers in 2005 and drove in 77 runs in 2004.

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will make the trip to Kansas City next week as will teammates Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. Pitcher Jake Peavy is also part of the Final Vote contest and is eligible to win the 34th spot on the AL roster.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

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NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.

NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder. 

If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.

With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.

You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.