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It's about time to pick it up offensively

Carlos Pena and Pablo Sandoval among those who must turn it around for contenders

Originally Published: July 7, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

It's that time of year to honor players who've ridden big first-half performances to All-Star Game berths -- and rail against a system that leaves Joey Votto, Kevin Youkilis, Paul Konerko and other worthy candidates sweating out the Final Vote results in hopes of a trip to Anaheim. While Bud Selig's 14-member panel studies expanded use of instant replay, the convoluted All-Star voting process also merits a place on the agenda.

July is also a good time for introspection, which means assessing ...

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