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07/04/07 2:10 PM ET
Notes: Neshek helped by 'You'
Fans promoting Twins reliever for Final Vote on YouTube
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Pat Neshek has already tried using his blog to help increase his chances in the run for the American League Final Vote spot. Now his campaign for an All-Star bid is making strides at another Internet movement -- YouTube. The Minnesota sidearmer is the subject of at least seven different YouTube videos promoting his "Pitch in For Pat: Vote Neshek!" campaign. All of them were created by fans that Neshek said he doesn't even know. Those clips include one video where a kid does not leave his room to keep voting for Neshek, and another where a guy sings that he will "vote 500 times" for Neshek. The clips can also be found on Neshek's Web site: www.patneshek.com. "There are some pretty cool videos on there," Neshek said with a laugh. "It's pretty funny to see everyone get into it like they have." Neshek is seeking any kind of support he can get, as the reliever remains in third place in the voting for the 2007 Monster.com All-Star Final Vote. Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima overtook Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman for first place in the voting on Tuesday. Neshek trails those two, with Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar and Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay rounding out the voting for final AL spot in this year's All-Star Game in San Francisco at AT&T Park. Fans have the opportunity to vote online at www.twinsbaseball.com, as well as from a mobile phone by texting A4 to 36197 (with standard rate messaging fees being applied). Voting takes place until 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, and the winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter. To show just how strong his desire is to earn this final bid, Neshek went beyond just reaching out to fans, but also got the support of a fellow Final Vote candidate. Neshek called on Padres pitcher Kevin Cameron, who was a longtime teammate of Neshek in the Twins' organization, to see if San Diego pitcher Chris Young, who is up for the National League Final Vote, would be interested in teaming up to get votes. So on Wednesday morning, there began a push for what is now being known as the Neshek/Young ticket. "Cameron said that he's a nice guy, so we put down on the Web site that the Neshek campaign endorses Chris Young of the San Diego Padres," Neshek said. "I figure I'd endorse him to get some votes, and then maybe he could help get me votes, too." As for how many times Neshek has voted for himself, he wasn't quite sure. He said that he wasn't able to log any votes on Tuesday. But the night before, Neshek said he had voted "about 100 times." No matter what happens, Neshek said he's just glad to have been a part of the event. "We're having a lot of fun with it," Neshek said. "We've had a great run, and I hope I made a lot more fans that will check out my Web site and hopefully get them to like baseball even more." Minor setback: Rondell White played just one inning for Class A Fort Myers on Tuesday night before leaving the game with discomfort in his right calf muscle. It's the same calf muscle that White tore at the start of the season. He was playing for the Miracle as part of a rehab assignment. The discomfort came when White slid into second base trying to break up a double play. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that White was removed as a precautionary measure. Fort Myers had a day off Wednesday, and it's expected that White will play on Thursday. More All-Star honors: The Eastern League announced the roster for its All-Star Game to take place in Norwich on July 11. Three Double-A New Britain players were named to the team: pitchers Tim Lahey and Jose Mijares, and infielder Luke Hughes. All three will play for the Northern Division team. The All-Star Game will feature a team from the Northern Division facing off against a collection of top performers from the Southern Division. Twins tidbits: Designated hitter Ken Harvey, who recently rejoined Triple-A Rochester after undergoing knee surgery this spring, hit his first homer of the season, a grand slam, on Tuesday night. Harvey has not appeared in a Major League game since 2005, due to an Achilles injury and ensuing knee problems. ... Yankee Stadium continues to be a troublesome spot for the Twins. Since 2002, Minnesota is just 2-15 at the ballpark, including Tuesday night's 8-0 loss. ... The shutout on Tuesday was the Twins' seventh of the season, and five of those have come with Carlos Silva on the mound. Down on the farm: Denard Span was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Rochester's 10-3 victory at Buffalo on Tuesday. Nick Blackburn allowed just one earned fun over seven innings to pick up his sixth win. ... Anthony Swarzak picked up his second win, giving up one run over seven innings in New Britain's 8-2 victory at Reading. Matt Moses was 3-for-5 with five RBIs. ... Jeff Manship gave up three runs, one earned, over five innings in Fort Myers' 4-2 loss to Lakeland. Toby Gardenhire was 2-for-5 with an RBI. ... Yancarlos Ortiz was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Class A Beloit's 9-3 win at Burlington. Coming up: The Twins close out their four-game series in New York on Thursday in a 12:05 p.m. CT contest. Right-handed rookie Kevin Slowey (3-0, 5.31 ERA) will make his first career start at Yankee Stadium, as he faces off against New York left-hander Kei Igawa (2-2, 6.91).
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.