Hours after finding out he would start in the all-star game for the American League, Royals outfielder Jermaine Dye hit his 21st home run to lead the Royals past the first-place White Sox, 10-7. The two teams combined for 26 hits. The Sox hit three home runs, while Dye, Mark Quinn and Dave McCarty homered for Kansas City. Quinn now has ten homers, most among American League rookies. Royals starter Chad Durbin was yanked after four innings, and Jeff Suppan made his first relief appearance of the year. Jerry Spradlin got the win in relief for the Royals. Dan Reichert will start tonight against Chicago’s Jim Parque. With a .314 average, 21 homers and 63 RBI’s, Dye is the first Royal voted to start in the all-star game since Bo Jackson eleven years ago.
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