Melky Cabrera headlines NL All-Stars
Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera will be seeing a couple of his old teammates on July 10, as Cabrera was one of three San Francisco Giants selected by fans to start for the National League in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
Cabrera, who was hitting .350 and led the NL with 109 hits (including 16 doubles, seven triples, and seven homers) heading into Sunday, will be headed back to Kansas City, where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2011. He is joined as an NL starter by Giants catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was voted in despite missing more than a month with a broken bone in his hand.
All three are making their first All-Star appearances, and mark the first time the Giants have had three All-Star starters since 2001. The Giants will also send pitcher Matt Cain to the All-Star Game as well.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (first base), Atlanta’s Dan Uggla (second base), and St. Louis’ Rafael Furcal (shortstop) will join Sandoval in the starting infield, while Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals were voted into the outfield alongside Cabrera.
NL manager Tony LaRussa will have to choose someone to replace Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, in the starting lineup, and will also choose a starting designated hitter as well.
The Mets will send two players to the game, with third baseman David Wright, who was hitting .355 with nine homers and 50 RBI entering Sunday, selected as a reserve and R.A. Dickey, who is 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA, selected to the pitching staff.
The full list of reserves for the NL also includes catchers Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia), Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair, Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstops Starlin Castro (Cubs) and Ian Desmond (Washington), and a quintet of outfielders: Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce, Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton.
The National League pitchers joining Cain and Dickey are Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg (the latter of whom will not play due to innings limitations), Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman, Pittsburgh’s Joel Hanrahan, Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel, St. Louis’ Lance Lynn, Arizona’s Wade Miley, and San Diego’s Huston Street.
Through Thursday, fans have the opportunity to vote for the NL’s 34th Man, with fan balloting to determine which one of five position players – Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn, St. Louis third baseman David Freese, Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill, or Braves third baseman Chipper Jones – will be added to the squad.
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