Sunday, July 1, 2012

Three Phils Honored as MLB All-Stars

MLB announced its 2012 Major League All-Star rosters on Sunday. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels, catcher Carlos Ruiz and closer Jonathan Papelbon will all represent the Phillies in the annual exhibition.

The left-handed Hamels has a 10-4 record with a 3.08 ERA through 16 starts this season. This is Hamels' third All-Star selection. The 28-year-old has averaged 9 strike outs per 8 innings in 2012.

Ruiz, named as an All-Star for the first time, led the majors in hitting heading into game action on Sunday with a .358 mark. Additionally, the 33-year-old Panama native has slugged 11 homers with 43 RBI. Ruiz will back up starting catcher Buster Posey, who was voted as the NL starter by the fans.

Papelbon, a right-hander, becomes an All-Star Game for the fifth time, his first in the National League. The 31-year-old has a 2-2 record with 18 saves and a 3.03 ERA. Papelbon has not allowed a run this season in 14 games away from Citizens Bank Park.

The 2012 All-Star game will take place at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.

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