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Seven Ducks named to Atlantic League All-Star Game

Fehlandt Lentini of the Ducks hits a leadoff

Fehlandt Lentini of the Ducks hits a leadoff double in the fourth inning during an Atlantic League game against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Sunday, July 3,2016, at Bethpage Ballpark. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Seven Ducks were named to next week’s Atlantic League All-Star Game, the league announced on Wednesday.

Infielder Dan Lyons, outfielders Fehlandt Lentini and Anthony Vega, catcher Mike Dowd and pitchers Patrick Crider, Bruce Kern and Jack Snodgrass were selected by league official, coaching staff and media voting. The Ducks’ seven selections tied the league high. The seven Ducks will represent the Liberty Division in the league’s 19th midsummer classic, which will be played next Wednesday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Lyons, a shortstop, earned his third Atlantic League All-Star selection and second in a row. Lyons is batting .319, which is third in the Atlantic League. He has five homers, 26 RBI, 36 runs, 17 doubles, one triple and a .497 slugging percentage.

Lentini will play in his second All-Star Game and first since 2012. The right fielder leads the Atlantic League in hits (95), runs (51), total bases (133), stolen base percentage (.957) and at bats (297). He ranks second in batting average (.320), games (70) and extra-base hits (27).

Vega, a Long Island native, will play in his first All-Star game. The outfielder leads the league with six triples, and is second on the Ducks with 13 stolen bases. He has a .287 batting average with three homers, 30 RBI, 29 runs, six doubles, 24 walks and a .382 on-base percentage.

Dowd, a catcher, will also be playing in his first All-Star Game. He is batting .304 with 22 RBI and 21 runs.

Crider earned his first All-Star Game selection. The lefthanded reliever ranks second in the league with 32 appearanaces and has allowed just three runs (two earned). He is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 19 innings.

Kern, who has been both a starter and reliever this year, will make his All-Star Game debut. The righthander has appeared in 15 games, including eight starts. He is 2-1 record with a 1.99 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

Snodgrass, a lefthander, earned his first All-Star selection. He is second in the Atlantic League with 80 strikeouts in 13 starts. He is 5-6 with a 3.98 ERA.

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