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Perkins, Suzuki Named All-Stars

The Minnesota Twins will have two players representing the team at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis July 15.  Catcher Kurt Suzuki makes his first All-Star appearance and Closer Glen Perkins makes his second.  Minnesota native Pat Neshek was named Reliever for the National League and plays with St. Louis.  The American League starters include Salvador Perez of the Royals at Catcher replacing Matt Wieters of Baltimore who’s out for the season after Tommy John surgery on his elbow.  At First Base is Miguel Cabrera of Detroit, Second Base Robinson Cano of Seattle, Shortstop Derek Jeter of New York, Third Base Josh Donaldson of Oakland and the starting Outfielders are Jose Bautista of Toronto, Mike Trout of the Angels and Adam Jones of Baltimore. The Orioles Nelson Cruz is the Designated Hitter.  Reserves include Kurt Suzuki of Minnesota and Derek Norris of Oakland at Catcher, Jose Abreu of Chicago and Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto and Brandon Moss of Oakland at First Base, Jose Altuve of Houston at Second Base, Adrian Beltre of Texas at Third Base and Outfielders Michael Brantley of Cleveland, Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland and Alex Gordon of Kansas City and Victor Martinez of Detroit at DH.  American League Starting Pitchers are Yu Darvish of Texas, Max Scherzer of Detroit, Felix Hernandez of Seattle, Masahiro Tanaka of New York, David Price of Tampa Bay, Scott Kazmir of Oakland and Mark Buehrle of Toronto and Relievers are Glen Perkins of Minnesota, Derek Holland of Texas, Sean Doolittle of Oakland and Dellin Betances of New York.  The National League Starters are Yadier Molina of St. Louis at Catcher, First Base is Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona, Second Base  Chase Utley of Philadelphia, Shortstop is Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado, Third Base Aramis Ramirez of Milwaukee and the starting Outfielders are Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee, Andrew McCutcheon of Pittsburgh and Yasiel Puig of Los Angeles.  Reserves for the National League are Catchers Jonathan Lucroy of Milwaukee and Devin Mesoraco of the Reds, First Base Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Second Baseman Dee Gordon of Los Angeles and Daniel Murphy of the Mets, Shortstop Starlin Castro of Chicago, Third Basemen Matt Carpenter of St, Louis and Todd Frazier of the Reds and Outfielders are Charlie Blackmon of Colorado, Josh Harrison of Pittsburgh, Hunter Pence of San Francisco and Giancarlo Stanton of Miami.  Starting Pitchers for the National League are Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of Los Angeles, Madison Bumgarner of San Francisco, Adam Wainwright of St. Louis, Julio Teheran of Atlanta, Jordan Zimmerman of Washington, Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Tyson Ross of Pittsburgh.  Relievers are Craig Kimbrel of Atlanta, Aroldis Chapman of Reds, Francisco Rodriguez of Milwaukee, Pat Neshek of St. Louis and Tony Watson of Pittsburgh.  The Final Vote by the fans to select a pitcher for the American League and Position Player for the National League is due by Thursday.  Among American League pitchers is Dallas Keuchel of Houston, Cory Kluber of Cleveland, Rick Porcello of Detroit, Garrett Richards of LAA and Chris Sale of Chicago.  National League Position Players include First Basemen Justin Morneau of Colorado and Anthony Rizzo of Chicago, Second Baseman Anthony Rendon of Washington, Third Baseman Casey McGehee of Miami and Outfielder Justin Upton of Atlanta.

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