Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton named to NL All-Star team

Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the National League in home runs (21) and RBI (62) and ranks in the top 10 for average (.308), was named an All-Star reserve for the second time.

An All-Star reserve in 2012, Giancarlo Stanton was unable to participate in both the Home Run Derby and Midsummer Classic because of arthroscopic knee surgery.

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Giancarlo Stanton will be the lone Miami Marlins representative at the All-Star Game as announced Sunday night.

Stanton, who leads the National League in home runs (21) and RBI (62) and ranks in the top 10 for average (.308), was named an All-Star reserve for the second time. In 2012, he was unable to participate in both the Home Run Derby and Midsummer Classic because of arthroscopic knee surgery.

The 24-year-old entered the final week fourth among NL outfielders in voting. Since the game is being held at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins of the American League, the club may use him as the designated hitter.

Stanton is already scheduled to compete in the derby after being asked by captain and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Just two Marlins have ever been voted in by the fans: third baseman Gary Sheffield (1993) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (2008-10).

Two Miami players with All-Star worthy numbers were left off the team.

Casey McGehee leads all NL third basemen with a .320 average and 52 RBI. He also has the best fielding percentage at the hot corner and the most hits (108) in the NL.

Milwaukee Brewer Aramis Ramirez was voted the starter, while Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier was named the alternate. McGehee was not in the top five for voting.

The 31-year old is, however, a NL candidate for the Final Vote, which runs through this Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

Right-hander Henderson Alvarez improved to 6-3 with a 2.27 ERA -- the fifth lowest in the NL -- with a win on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Alvarez allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings. The Marlins have now won a team record 10 straight starts of his. He also has three complete game shutouts to lead the majors.

The last time the Marlins had multiple All-Star representatives was in 2010 when Ramirez and right-hander Josh Johnson made it.

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