NL Home Run Derby captain Matt Kemp of the Dodgers selected the following players to join him in the homer contest: Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran, Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (pictured) and Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who was an NL reserve player, learned Saturday that he requires knee surgery and will be out 4-6 weeks. Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen will reaplace Stanton on the Home Run Derby team; Nationals rookie Bryce Harper will replace him on the NL roster. Beltran is on the starting roster; Gonzalez is a reserve. Kemp was voted in as a starter but is unable to play because he is rehabbing a hamstring injury. He will participate in the Home Run Derby however.
Rangers center fielder (and 2010 American League MVP) Josh Hamilton is having a monster season so far and garnered the most votes of all players. Hamilton's 11, 073,744 votes broke Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista's All-Star vote record of 7,454,753, set last year. Previous All-Star appearances: 4 See which other players will be in the starting lineups for the 83rd All-Star Game on FOX, July 10 in Kansas City. The 2012 rosters will be unveiled Sunday. Pitchers and reserve players were named to the All-Star Game rosters by the Player Ballot (a vote of players, managers and coaches) and by All-Star Game managers Ron Washington (AL) and Tony La Russa (NL) in conjunction with MLB. Source: MLB.com
AL catcher: Mike Napoli, Rangers
The Rangers' backstop will make his debut at the Midsummer Classic. He caught the attention of fans as a hero during last year's postseason. Previous All-Star appearances: 0 Reserve players: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Twins catcher Joe Mauer
AL first base: Prince Fielder, Tigers
Fielder was the 2011 All-Star Game MVP and winner of the 2009 Home Run Derby, both as a member of the NL squad. The longtime Brewers slugger switched leagues this season, but the he hasn't missed a beat. He's also been named to the AL Home Run Derby team by captain Robinson Cano. Previous All-Star appearances: 3 Reserve player: White Sox 1B Paul Konerko
AL second base: Robinson Cano, Yankees
In one of the AL's tightest races, Yankees' 2B Robinson Cano surpassed Rangers slugger Ian Kinsler. Cano, last year's Home Run Derby winner, will also be the AL captain for this year's Derby. Previous All-Star appearances: 3 Reserve player: Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler
AL third base: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Adrian Beltre is as well known for his defensive prowess as he is for his monsterous bat. That combination put him in position to man the hot corner for the AL. Previous All-Star appearances: 2 Reserve player: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera
AL shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
A former All-Star Game MVP (2000), Jeter is back in the All-Star Game for the 13th time. The Captain opted out of last year's game, citing exhaustion from the mental and physical rigors of the pursuit of his 3,000th career hit. This year, players who are voted in are required to play unless they are injured or excused. Previous All-Star appearances: 12 Reserve players: Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera and Rangers SS Elvis Andrus
AL outfielder: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
Granderson is continuing his offensive onslaught he joins Yankee teammates Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano on the starting squad for the second straight year. Previous All-Star appearances: 2
AL outfielder: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista received more All-Star votes than anyone else in the majors in 2011. Joey Bats will join Josh Hamilton and Curtis Granderson in the AL OF. He's also been named to the AL Home Run Derby team by captain Robinson Cano. Previous All-Star appearances: 2 Reserve AL outfielders: Orioles' Adam Jones, Angels' Mike Trout, Angels' Mark Trumbo
Designated hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox
Popular as ever in Boston, Big Papi can still swing it. Previous All-Star appearances: 7 Reserve players: White Sox DH Adam Dunn and Royals DH Billy Butler
Justin Verlander (Tigers, pictured) will start for the American Leauge. The rest of the AL pitching staff consists of starters David Price (Rays), Chris Sale (White Sox), Jered Weaver (Angels), Matt Harrison (Rangers) and Felix Hernandez (Mariners). Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who is on the disabled list, was replaced by Angels starter C.J. Wilson, who, in turn, was replaced by White Sox starter Jake Peavy due to a blister problem Wilson is dealing with. The relievers are Jim Johnson (Orioles), Chris Perez (Indians), Fernando Rodney (Rays), Ryan Cook (A's) and Joe Nathan (Rangers).
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AL Final Vote winner: Yu Darvish
Fans used the Final Vote to select Rangers rookie pitcher Yu Darvish to fill out the AL roster. The Japanese sensation beat out fellow pitchers Jake Peavy (White Sox), Jason Hammel (Orioles), Jonathan Broxton (Royals) and reliever Ernesto Frieri (Angels).
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AL Home Run Derby team
AL Home Run Derby captain Robinson Cano of the Yankees selected the following players to join him in the homer contest: Angels OF Mark Trumbo (pictured), Tigers 1B Prince Fielder and Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista. Cano, Fielder and Bautista are on the starting roster; Trumbo is a reserve. Fielder won the event for the second time.
NL catcher: Buster Posey, Giants
Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, has made an impressive return from leg surgery following an injury sustained at a gruesome home-plate collision last season. He edged out Cards backstop Yadier Molina. Previous All-Star appearances: 0 Reserve players: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named to the squad, but bowed out due to a death in his family. He was replaced on the NL roster by Cardinals OF Matt Holliday.
NL first base: Joey Votto, Reds
The 2010 NL MVP signed a monster extension with the Reds during the offseason. He looks to be living up to his end of the bargain. Previous All-Star appearances: 2 Reserve player: Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair
NL second base: Dan Uggla, Braves
Dan Uggla's last trip to the All-Star Game (2008) was one he likely would prefer to erase. Uggla, then with the Marlins, had three errors in the game, struck out three times and grounded into a double play. Here's hoping he bounces back. Previous All-Star appearances: 2 Reserve player: Astros 2B Jose Altuve
NL third base: Pablo Sandoval, Giants
The biggest surprise in the NL starting lineup is Kung Fu Panda, who beat out the Met's David Wright. He was named to last year's squad by manager Bruce Bochy. Previous All-Star appearances: 1 Reserve player: Mets 3B David Wright and Braves 3B Chipper Jones.
NL shortstop: Rafael Furcal, St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal beat out injured Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki. Previous All-Star appearances: 2 Reserve players: Cubs SS Starlin Castro. Nationals SS Ian Desmond was named as a reserve but had to pull out due to injury. His roster spot was given to Braves OF Michael Bourn.
NL outfielder: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
Carlos Beltran has admirably filled the void in the Cardinals offense since the departure of longtime Redbird Albert Pujols. He was also named to the NL Home Run Derby team by captain Matt Kemp. Previous All-Star appearances: 6
NL outfielder: Melky Cabrera, Giants
Cabrera's big season hasn't gone unnoticed as fans voted him into his first Midsummer Classic. Previous All-Star appearances: 0
NL outfielder: Ryan Braun, Brewers
Braun (the reigning NL MVP) finished fourth among NL outfielders but was given the starting nod because injured Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp cannot play. Previous All-Star appearances: 4 Reserve players: Reds OF Jay Bruce, Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, Nationals OF Bryce Harper (a replacement for Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, who cannot play due to knee surgery), Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (a replacement for Cards catcher Yadier Molina, who cannot play due to a death in his family) and Braves OF Michael Bourn (a replacement for Nats SS Ian Desmond, who cannot play due to an oblique injury).
Giants starter Matt Cain will start for the NL. The rest of the NL pitching staff is composed of starters R.A. Dickey (Mets, pictured), Lance Lynn (Cardinals), Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Cole Hamels (Phililes), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Wade Miley (Diamondbacks). The relievers are Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies) and Huston Street (Padres).
NL Final Vote winner: David Freese
Fans used the Final Vote to elect Cardinals 3B David Freese to fill out the NL roster. Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP, topped rookie sensation Bryce Harper (OF, Nationals) Michael Bourn (OF, Braves) and Aaron Hill (2B, Diamondbacks). Brave 3B Chipper Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season, was on also on the list, but was named to the team on Tuesday to replace injured Dodgers OF Matt Kemp.
NL Home Run Derby captain: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers star CF Matt Kemp was the leading vote-getter among NL outfielders, but he is sidelined by a hamstring strain that will keep him out of the game. Brewers LF Ryan Braun got the starting nod in Kemp's place. On Tuesday, Kemp's roster spot was given to Braves 3B Chipper Jones, who is retiring at the end of this season. Kemp will still be able to serve as the NL captain for the Home Run Derby. Previous All-Star appearances: 1