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Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Podsednik picked over Yankees captain Jeter

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Speedy outfielder Scott Podsednik of the Chicago White Sox and Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt earned the final spots on the All-Star teams in Internet fan voting completed Wednesday.

Scott Podsednik
Left Field
Chicago White Sox
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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
71 0 17 48 .362 .287

In a surprise finish, the unheralded Podsednik edged popular Yankees captain Derek Jeter for the 32nd roster spot on the American League squad. With Podsednik's teammates campaigning for him, the major league leader in stolen bases, also beat out Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter, New York outfielder Hideki Matsui and Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford.

Podsednik is batting .286 with 46 runs scored as the White Sox's leadoff hitter.

Roy Oswalt
Starting Pitcher
Houston Astros
Profile
2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
18 11 7 27 88 2.44

Oswalt is 11-7 with a 2.44 ERA after throwing a five-hitter in a 4-1 victory Monday over San Diego. He topped four other NL pitchers: San Diego's Trevor Hoffman, Arizona's Brandon Webb, and Philadelphia's Billy Wagner and Brett Myers.

The White Sox made a strong push for Podsednik the past few days. They had a laptop in the dugout before Tuesday's game for players to cast their votes. Employees wore shirts and pins encouraging fans to vote for Podsednik, and the organization ran announcements at the stadium and during broadcasts.

Podsednik's victory was announced during Wednesday night's home game against Tampa Bay, bringing a roar from the crowd.

He joins Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko and pitchers Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland on the AL All-Star team. The last time the White Sox had four All-Stars was 1975, when Bucky Dent, Rich Gossage, Jim Kaat and Jorge Orta were selected.