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MARIANO RIVERA Yankees Pitcher Rivera, thought of by (Credit: Newsday file photo)

MARIANO RIVERA
Yankees
Pitcher
Rivera, thought of by most as the greatest closer in baseball history, will be making his 13th and final appearance in the Midsummer Classic. The all-time saves leader is also the active leader in numerous categories, including ERA, WHIP, games pitched and K/BB ratio. |

2013 American League All-Star team

The 2013 American League All-Star team was announced Saturday night.

JOE MAUER Minnesota Twins Starter - Catcher Mauer
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JOE MAUER
Minnesota Twins
Starter - Catcher
Mauer will be making his sixth All-Star appearance this year and his fourth as the American League’s starting catcher. Mauer is the active leader in career batting average and is a three-time Gold Glover. |

CHRIS DAVIS Baltimore Orioles Starter - First base
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CHRIS DAVIS
Baltimore Orioles
Starter - First base
Davis has had a breakout year with the Orioles, earning the first baseman his first All-Star appearance. This year, Davis leads the American League in numerous categories, including slugging percentage, home runs and extra base hits. |

ROBINSON CANO Yankees Starter - Second base Cano
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ROBINSON CANO
Yankees
Starter - Second base
Cano will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in the All-Star Game as the AL’s starting second baseman. Cano has won four Silver Slugger awards -- all coinciding with years he was an All-Star -- and is currently fifth in the AL in WAR. |

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J.J. HARDY Baltimore Orioles Starter - Shortstop Hardy
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J.J. HARDY
Baltimore Orioles
Starter - Shortstop
Hardy will be making his first All-Star start. The Baltimore shortstop leads the AL in games played and putouts as a shortstop, and is second in the league in double plays turned at his position. |

MIGUEL CABEREA Detroit Tigers Starter - Third base
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MIGUEL CABEREA
Detroit Tigers
Starter - Third base
Cabrera, last year’s Triple Crown winner, is threatening to win the award again. The slugging third baseman leads the majors in batting average, runs scored, hits and RBI. He leads the American League in WAR, total bases, on-base percentage and OPS. This will be Cabrera’s eighth All-Star appearance. |

ADAM JONES Baltimore Orioles Starter - Outfield Jones
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ADAM JONES
Baltimore Orioles
Starter - Outfield
Jones will be joining teammates Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy at Citi Field with his third All-Star Game appearance. Jones is in the top 10 in the American League in at-bats, RBI, hits, doubles, triples, runs and total bases. He also has a 90% success rate on stolen base attempts. |

JOSE BAUTISTA Toronto Blue Jays Starter - Outfield
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JOSE BAUTISTA
Toronto Blue Jays
Starter - Outfield
Bautista will be heading into his fourth consecutive All-Star Game after hitting his 200th career home run earlier this season. Bautista is third in the AL in runs scored, seventh in the league in home runs and -- surprisingly -- second in walks. |

DAVID ORTIZ Boston Red Sox Starter - Designated
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DAVID ORTIZ
Boston Red Sox
Starter - Designated hitter
Although Ortiz isn’t exactly hitting the lights out this year, his power and popularity have placed him in his ninth career All-Star Game. “Big Papi” has won five Silver Slugger awards and is in the top 10 among active players in career home runs, slugging percentage, OPS, doubles, total bases and RBI. |

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MAX SCHERZER Detroit Tigers Pitcher Scherzer has been
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MAX SCHERZER
Detroit Tigers
Pitcher
Scherzer has been phenomenal on the mound this year, winning his first 13 decisions. He leads the majors in wins and has the league’s lowest hits per nine innings ratio. Scherzer is second in the AL in WHIP and strikeouts. |

FELIX HERNANDEZ Seattle Mariners Pitcher King Felix will
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FELIX HERNANDEZ
Seattle Mariners
Pitcher
King Felix will be making his fourth All-Star game appearance. Hernandez has finished in the top five in the AL in strikeouts for the past four season and currently has the AL’s second lowest. Hernandez is fourth among active pitchers in career ERA. |

CLAY BUCHHOLZ Boston Red Sox Pitcher Buchholz has
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CLAY BUCHHOLZ
Boston Red Sox
Pitcher
Buchholz has been an instrumental part of Boston’s success during the first half of the season. Buchholz has won his first nine decisions and is second among AL pitchers in WAR. |

BRETT CECIL Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Cecil will
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BRETT CECIL
Toronto Blue Jays
Pitcher
Cecil will be making his first All-Star Game appearance this year, largely due to his consistency on the mound this season for Toronto. Cecil is ranked in the top 10 among relievers in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts per nine innings. |

JUSTIN VERLANDER Detroit Tigers Pitcher Verlander will be
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JUSTIN VERLANDER
Detroit Tigers
Pitcher
Verlander will be making for his sixth All-Star Game appearance. Although Verlander is not having a career year, he is second among active pitchers in both career ERA and WHIP. After pitching on Sunday, he will not participate. |

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JUSTIN MASTERSON Cleveland Indians Pitcher Masterson’s stamina has
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JUSTIN MASTERSON
Cleveland Indians
Pitcher
Masterson’s stamina has led him to his first All-Star Game appearance. Masterson leads the AL with three complete games and three shutouts. Masterson also leads the league in innings pitched and games started.|

CHRIS SALE Chicago White Sox Pitcher Sale leads
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CHRIS SALE
Chicago White Sox
Pitcher
Sale leads the league in WAR for pitchers, and is top five in the AL in WHIP, ERA and K/9. This will be Sale’s second career All-Star Game appearance.|

MARIANO RIVERA Yankees Pitcher Rivera, thought of by
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MARIANO RIVERA
Yankees
Pitcher
Rivera, thought of by most as the greatest closer in baseball history, will be making his 13th and final appearance in the Midsummer Classic. The all-time saves leader is also the active leader in numerous categories, including ERA, WHIP, games pitched and K/BB ratio. |

BARTOLO COLON Oakland A's Pitcher Colon will be
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BARTOLO COLON
Oakland A's
Pitcher
Colon will be making his third All-Star Game appearance this year. The 40-year-old has had a career year this season, and has the lowest BB/9 ratio in the American League. Colon is top 10 among AL pitchers in WHIP, wins, ERA, and WAR. After pitching on Sunday, he will not participate. |

YU DARVISH Texas Rangers Pitcher The Rangers ace
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YU DARVISH
Texas Rangers
Pitcher
The Rangers ace will be making his second All-Star appearance in as many years in the majors. Darvish is top 10 in the AL in ERA, Wins, WHIP and innings pitched, and leads the league in strikeouts and K/9. |

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HISASHI IWAKUMA Seattle Mariners Pitcher Iwakuma is having
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HISASHI IWAKUMA
Seattle Mariners
Pitcher
Iwakuma is having a breakout year in just his second season in the majors. The sophomore starting pitcher leads the AL in ERA, WHIP and K/BB ratio. He is also third in the league in WAR for pitchers. After pitching on Sunday, he will not participate. |

JESSE CRAIN Chicago White Sox Pitcher Crain, although
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JESSE CRAIN
Chicago White Sox
Pitcher
Crain, although not a household name, has been one of the few signs of consistency on a struggling White Sox team. He currently sports a 0.74 ERA in 38 appearances. |

GLEN PERKINS Minnesota Twins Pitcher Perkins will be
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GLEN PERKINS
Minnesota Twins
Pitcher
Perkins will be making his first All-Star Game appearance this year. The reliever is top ten in the AL in both saves and games finished. |

JOE NATHAN Texas Rangers Pitcher The Stony Brook
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JOE NATHAN
Texas Rangers
Pitcher
The Stony Brook alum will be making his sixth All-Star Game appearance. Nathan is second in the AL in saves and is second only to Mariano Rivera among active players on the career saves list. |

JASON CASTRO Houston Astros Reserve - Catcher Jason
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JASON CASTRO
Houston Astros
Reserve - Catcher
Jason is top five among AL catchers in assists, caught stealing and caught stealing percentage. He is first among AL catchers in double plays turned and is top 10 in the AL in doubles. |

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SALVADOR PEREZ Kansas City Royals Reserve - Catcher
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SALVADOR PEREZ
Kansas City Royals
Reserve - Catcher
Perez, much like Castro, is a prime defensive catcher. Perez leads the AL in assists as a catcher and caught stealing percentage and is top five among AL catchers in defensive WAR and putouts.|

PRINCE FIELDER Detroit Tigers Reserve - First base
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PRINCE FIELDER
Detroit Tigers
Reserve - First base
Fielder will be making his fifth All-Star Game appearance this year, joining teammate Miguel Cabrera on the AL roster. Fielder once again is on pace to hit at least 30 home runs and collect 130 RBI. |

EDWIN ENCARNACION Toronto Blue Jays Reserve - First
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EDWIN ENCARNACION
Toronto Blue Jays
Reserve - First base
Encarnacion has powered his way to his first All-Star Game appearance this year. He is on pace to hit 45 home runs and collect 130 RBI. Encarnacion is among the top ten in the AL in many categories, including slugging percentage, home runs, RBI, walks, OBP, total bases and runs scored. |

DUSTIN PEDROIA Boston Red Sox Reserve - Second
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DUSTIN PEDROIA
Boston Red Sox
Reserve - Second base
Pedroia will be making his fourth All-Star Game appearance this year and his first since 2010. Pedroia is second in the AL in defensive WAR, batting average and on-base percentage, and leads the league in singles. |

JASON KIPNIS Cleveland Indians Reserve - Second base
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JASON KIPNIS
Cleveland Indians
Reserve - Second base
Jason Kipnis’ breakout season with the Indians has landed him his first All-Star Game appearance. Kipnis ranks in the top ten in the AL in several major categories, including WAR, on-base percentage, OBP, doubles, triples, stolen bases and extra-base hits. |

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JHONNY PERALTA Detroit Tigers Reserve - Shortstop Peralta
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JHONNY PERALTA
Detroit Tigers
Reserve - Shortstop
Peralta will be making his second All-Star Game appearance this year. Peralta is top five in the AL in fielding percentage and assists among shortstops. Peralta is also among the top 10 in the AL in doubles. |

MANNY MACHADO Baltimore Orioles Reserve - Third base
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MANNY MACHADO
Baltimore Orioles
Reserve - Third base
Machado will make his first All-Star Game appearance this season. Machado leads the league in defensive WAR, assists as a third baseman and double plays turned as a third-baseman. He also leads the league in at-bats and doubles. |

BEN ZOBRIST Tampa Bay Rays Reserve - Utility
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BEN ZOBRIST
Tampa Bay Rays
Reserve - Utility
Zobrist is making his second All-Star Game appearance. He is fourth among AL shortstops in fielding percentage. |

TORII HUNTER Detroit Tigers Reserve - Outfield This
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TORII HUNTER
Detroit Tigers
Reserve - Outfield
This year marks Hunter’s fifth All-Star Game appearance. Hunter won nine straight Gold Gloves from 2001-09. Hunter is 24th all-time among outfielders in career fielding percentage. |

NELSON CRUZ Texas Rangers Reserve - Outfield Cruz
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NELSON CRUZ
Texas Rangers
Reserve - Outfield
Cruz will play in his second All-Star Game and is on pace for 130 RBI and more than 40 home runs this season. Cruz is top 10 in the AL in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits, total bases and slugging percentage. |

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ALEX GORDON Kansas City Royals Reserve - Outfield
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ALEX GORDON
Kansas City Royals
Reserve - Outfield
Gordon, making his first All-Star Game Appearance, has played in 81 games this season as a left fielder and has not made a single error. Gordon is first among AL left fielders in both assists and putouts. |

CHRIS TILLMAN Baltimore Orioles Replacement - Pitcher
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CHRIS TILLMAN
Baltimore Orioles
Replacement - Pitcher

GREG HOLLAND Kansas City Royals Replacement - Pitcher
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GREG HOLLAND
Kansas City Royals
Replacement - Pitcher

GRANT BALFOUR Oakland Athletics Replacement - Pitcher
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GRANT BALFOUR
Oakland Athletics
Replacement - Pitcher

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