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Published July 8, 2009
VOTE ONLINE, PLEASE: S.F. Chronicle columnist Gwen Knapp noted the Giants have placed computer booths around AT&T Park to encourage fans to vote for Sandoval. However, the team has a "little bit of a conflict." Knapp: "The people that are handling the text messages is Sprint. As we know, (the Giants are) not connected with Sprint, they are connected with AT&T. So they really want people to use their computers and not text messaging" ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 7/7).
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SHOWING SUPPORT: MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reported the D-Backs "rolled out Arizona's heavy hitters" for 3B Mark Reynolds, with U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "giving his endorsement on the team's broadcast and putting out a Twitter message of his own urging to his some 950,000 followers asking them to vote for Reynolds." Reynolds' hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, also declared yesterday "Vote for Mark Reynolds Day" (MLB.com, 7/7). Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Marc Topkin reports the Rays are "wearing T-shirts, putting up billboards [and] setting up laptops at the stadium" on behalf of 1B Carlos Pena. Rays players also are "wearing white Vote Los T-shirts with his photo during batting practice." Rays President Matt Silverman: "It's a full-force campaign to get Carlos on that club." Topkin notes there also is "talk on Boston fan message boards about voting for Pena (who grew up in the area) in reciprocation for Rays manager Joe Maddon selecting" Red Sox P Tim Wakefield for the AL All-Star team (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 7/8).