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• Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez presented some early news about a 10-year White Sox World Series reunion to be held at SoxFest in January, by telling media Tuesday that he already had received his invitation. The White Sox aren't quite ready to make anything official.

"We certainly have some fun and exciting plans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 World Series," White Sox senior director of community relations Christine O'Reilly said via email. "We're looking forward to having Orlando back, along with many other team members and staff from that season."

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• Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez presented some early news about a 10-year White Sox World Series reunion to be held at SoxFest in January, by telling media Tuesday that he already had received his invitation. The White Sox aren't quite ready to make anything official.

"We certainly have some fun and exciting plans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 World Series," White Sox senior director of community relations Christine O'Reilly said via email. "We're looking forward to having Orlando back, along with many other team members and staff from that season."

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Conor Gillaspie was drafted by the Giants with the 37th pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but eventually was traded to the White Sox in Spring Training 2013. As a more mature player and family man, Gillaspie has developed into a steady force at third base for the White Sox. But he has no hard feelings toward his original team.

"I was really, really lucky to have been drafted by them and come up with them. I learned a lot of things, and it's not like I'm sitting here like, 'Why did you get rid of me?'" Gillaspie said. "I didn't perform up to standards when I was there and I'm OK with that.

"Everything happens for a reason. There's a plan for everybody's life. Truthfully, I wasn't good enough to beat out [Pablo] Sandoval. He's an unbelievable player. The reality is they treated me so well and they gave me so many opportunities and they gave me a chance to play somewhere else and for that, I'm thankful."

• In-stadium balloting at U.S. Cellular Field for the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis ended Wednesday. Fans still may vote for starters at whitesox.com until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Abreu sits second at first base, while Ramirez ranks second at shortstop.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.

 

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