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Knights' Floyd to play in All-Star Game

Charlotte Knights right-hander Gavin Floyd will participate in the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game, set for July 11 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The 7:35 p.m. game features all-stars from the International League against all-stars from the Pacific Coast League. The game will be televised by ESPN2 (cable channel 28 in Rock Hill).

Floyd is the Knights' lone representative. He is 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA and is sixth in the IL with 74 strikeouts.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Floyd will be appearing in his fourth all-star game since being picked in the first round of the 2001 draft by Philadelphia. He participated in the 2003 Florida State League All-Star Game and the Major League Baseball Futures All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004.

Floyd, who was headed to South Carolina before being chosen fourth overall in the 2001 draft, was acquired from the Phillies by the Chicago White Sox in an offseason trade.

• DANDY ANDY: In the past week, ex-Knight infielder-outfielder Andy Gonzalez put together the best back-to-back games of his infant major league career with the parent White Sox.

First Gonzalez went 4-for-5 and drove in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay last week. He collected hits in his first four at-bats before failing in a bid for his fifth hit.

The next day, Gonzalez hit his first major-league homer, connecting for a two-run shot off Devil Rays right-hander James Shields as the White Sox won, 6-1.

In two games, Gonzalez, who is playing the outfield, raised his batting averaged from .182 to .263.

• FAMILY AFFAIR: Three members of the White Sox saw their offsprings taken in last month's draft.

Oney Guillen, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's son, was drafted by the White Sox in the 36th round. Oney is a second baseman out of North Park (Ill.) Junior College.

Wichita State outfielder Kenny Williams Jr., son of White Sox senior vice president/general manager Kenny Williams, was taken in the 32nd round by Colorado.

Devin Shines, son of White Sox third base coach and former Knights manager Razor Shines, was picked in the 41st round by the White Sox. The younger Shines is a first baseman out of Westwood (Texas) High School.

• BACK IN THE 'W' COLUMN: Former Winthrop pitcher Heath Rollins got back on the winning track in Columbus' 11-1 romp past Savannah.

Rollins won his first six decisions with the Tampa Bay farm team but then lost three straight. He ran his record to 7-3 with the win over Savannah, going six innings, allowing four hits, one run, walking one batter and striking out five.

Rollins is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA and is second in the South Atlantic League with 86 strikeouts.

• ON DECK: The Knights continue their current eight-game road trip today with a 1:05 p.m. game at Pawtucket. The teams will also meet in 6:15 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday.

The Knights return home Wednesday to face Durham at 7:15 p.m. Columbus comes to town for a four-game series, starting Thursday.

The Knights then get a three-day all-star break.

• EXTRA BASES: Former Winthrop OF Daniel Carte hit a slump, going 4-for-32 in a nine-game stretch, dropping his average into the .270s for Modesto. ... Colorado's Jeff Baker, who broke up a recent no-hit bid from Toronto's Justin McGowan, played at Clemson. Baker's ninth-inning leadoff single was the only hit given up by McGowan. ... L.A. Dodgers rookie first baseman James Loney has forced his way into the lineup with veteran Nomar Garciaparra shifting to third base. Loney was batting .429 since his call-up June 10 from the minor leagues. Loney led all of the minor leagues with a .380 batting average last season.

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