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Hahn discusses trade interest in Sox pitchers

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CHICAGO -- There were no specific names put forth when White Sox general manager Rick Hahn mentioned definite outside trade interest "in numerous guys on our roster" who could help other teams win.

However, the focus appears to be on pitching, based on further comments from Hahn, meaning names such as Joakim Soria, Luis Avilan and James Shields, to name a few, could be in play.

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CHICAGO -- There were no specific names put forth when White Sox general manager Rick Hahn mentioned definite outside trade interest "in numerous guys on our roster" who could help other teams win.

However, the focus appears to be on pitching, based on further comments from Hahn, meaning names such as Joakim Soria, Luis Avilan and James Shields, to name a few, could be in play.

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"I don't think there's any club anywhere throughout the league, regardless of the position they're in, that doesn't feel like they could improve themselves from a pitching standpoint," Hahn said. "So that's certainly an area of conversation.

"We're going to continue to be aggressive out there and have the same tenor of conversations we've had for the last 18 months, doing everything we can to put ourselves in a strong long-term position. Obviously this time around, this Trade Deadline is going to be considerably different from the last one, based upon the amount of moves we already made vs. what we currently have at the Major League level. So it's probably going to be a little bit quieter than what we had 12 months ago, for good reason. At the same time, our views and our intentions remain the same."

Abreu's All-Star bid celebrated
White Sox manager Rick Renteria described an interesting reaction from Jose Abreu upon hearing Sunday he had been voted in by the fans as the American League starting first baseman for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard to be played next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX.

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"We presented [the news] with everybody in the clubhouse, let him know he made the club," Renteria said. "He was apologetic because he felt like he wasn't doing enough to make the All-Star club. I think once he gets there, again, the whole atmosphere, everything it's about, will allow him to understand he belongs there. We know he belongs there."

Abreu, who was an All-Star as a rookie in 2014, entered Tuesday in a 28-for-153 slump over his last 40 games, with three homers and 20 RBIs, dropping his average from .319 to .259. On this young team, Abreu has likely taken on extra weight in terms of leadership and trying to get a big hit in every situation.

Video: STL@CWS: Abreu discusses making the All-Star team

But even if that situation has affected him, don't expect Abreu to become more "me-first" in nature. It's just not in his demeanor.

"That's not who I am. It's never going to happen," Abreu said through an interpreter. "I give 100 percent to this organization. It's for the organization, which is the most important thing. It's not my name. It's not who I am. I play this game and I wear this uniform and I represent this team because I love this organization."

Pierzynski getting a bobblehead
Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) is honoring former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski with a limited-edition bobblehead. The collectible bobblehead is available for purchase online exclusively at whitesox.com/ajbobble and at White Sox home games beginning Friday.

The bobblehead features Pierzynski's bleach-blond hair during a memorable postgame celebration pose acknowledging fans after the 2008 "Blackout Game," a 1-0 victory over the Twins in a tiebreaker game that sent the White Sox to the postseason. All proceeds from bobblehead sales benefit CWSC and Make-A-Wish Illinois, an organization selected by Pierzynski.

"When I played here, I did a lot of Make-A-Wish for the Chicago area. We had kids here all the time," Pierzynski said. "It was one of my favorite things to do, because this is the one thing they wanted to do, come to a White Sox game and meet some players.

Video: STL@CWS: Pierzynski on his 'Blackout Game' bobblehead

"To be able to help them in any way, and especially through something like the White Sox Charities and do the bobblehead, it's something you can't say no to. Make-A-Wish was the first thing because of the way they treated me, and I know how hard those people work to get the kids something they always dream they could do."

Pierzynski has been working as part of FOX baseball broadcasts, but on Sept. 2, he will join Ken "Hawk" Harrelson in the White Sox booth during "Hawk Day" at Guaranteed Rate Field, which comes in the final month of Harrelson's illustrious broadcasting career.

"I'll set up the pins for 'Hawk,' and he can come in and knock them down," Pierzynski said. "Set up all his stories. Hopefully get a tear out of him at some point during the broadcast."

ACE gets special donation
The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program was presented with a donation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Tuesday night in between ACE games at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago. The donation included 125 baseball bats, as well as dozens of baseballs confiscated from a recent fraud investigation.

FBI Chicago special agent in charge Jeffrey Sallet, along with the case agent and additional FBI agents and staff, were on hand to present the items to ACE athletes.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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