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American League All-Star team, 2012

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The American League All-Star team was revealed Sunday afternoon. Here's a quick glance at the initial roster, before all the tweaks due to injuries -- and starting pitchers throwing on Sunday -- happen.


Catcher -Mike Napoli, Rangers: His popularity grew sky-high during the 2011 postseason, and Napoli has carried that over to his first All-Star selection. He's hitting .238/.338/.444 with 12 homres and 30 RBI.

First base - Prince Fielder, Tigers: In his first season away from Milwaukee, Fielder makes his fourth All-Star Game with a line of .294/.371/.485, 12 homers, 52 RBI. He was the MVP of the 2011 All-Star Game.

Second base -Robinson Cano, Yankees: The defending Home Run Derby champion makes his fourth All-Star appearance. He's having another huge season, hitting .308/.370/.582 with 19 homers, 44 RBI and 54 runs.

Shortstop - Derek Jeter, Yankees: Now over 3,000 hits, The Captain just keeps getting it done, hitting .300/.351/.406 with 41 runs, seven homers and six stolen bases. This is the 13th time he's been named an All-Star.

Third base - Adrian Beltre, Rangers: This is the third straight All-Star appearance (and first start) for the three-time Gold Glover. Beltre is hitting .328/.360/.534 with 14 homers, 52 RBI and 45 runs.

Outfield - Josh Hamilton, Rangers: Hamilton heads to the All-Star Game for the fifth straight season. He's putting up sick numbers this season, hitting .319/.385/.652 with 25 homers, 73 RBI and 51 runs. He leads the AL in RBI, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases.

Outfield - Curtis Granderson, Yankees: After establishing career highs in several offensive categories last year, Granderson is back at it in 2012. He's hitting .245/.347/.510 with 23 homers, 46 RBI and 54 runs. This is his third All-Star Game.

Outfield - Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: Well on his way to to leading the majors in home runs for the third straight season, Bautista has 26 bombs along with 62 RBI and 56 runs. It's his third All-Star appearance.

Designated hitter - David Ortiz, Red Sox: The 36-year-old Big Papi isn't slowing down, as he is hitting .305/.393/.613 with 21 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs. This is his eighth All-Star Game.

2012 All-Star Game


Matt Harrison, Rangers: Harrison's first trip to the All-Star Game comes thanks to his 11-3 record. He also sports a 3.16 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

Joe Nathan, Rangers: Nathan has resurrected his career in Texas, as he has 18 saves with a 1.87 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings.

Felix Hernandez, Mariners: King Felix is 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings. This is his third All-Star Game.

Ryan Cook, Athletics: The 25-year-old Cook has a 1.59 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Justin Verlander, Tigers: The 2012 AL Cy Young winner and MVP is 8-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings. This is his fifth All-Star Game.

CC Sabathia, Yankees: He won't be playing in the game due to injury, so we already have one replacement. Sabathia was 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 105 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched before his leg injury. This is Sabathia's sixth selection to the All-Star Game.

C.J. Wilson, Angels: And here's Sabathia's replacement.Wilson is 9-4 with a 2.36 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings. This is his second trip to the All-Star Game.

Jered Weaver, Angels: Last year's All-Star Game starter makes his third trip. He's currently 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

Jim Johnson, Orioles: He sports an MLB-best 23 saves and only has one blown save. The 29-year-old closer also has a sparkling 1.30 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. This is his first All-Star trip.

Chris Sale, White Sox: The conversion to starter couldn't have gone much better, as the 23-year-old Sale is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings. This is his first trip to the All-Star Game.

Chris Perez, Indians: After blowing his first save chance of the season, Perez has nailed down 23 straight, tying Johnson for the MLB lead in saves. Perez has a 2.76 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. This is his second All-Star Game.

Fernando Rodney, Rays: It's the first trip for the 35-year-old Rodney. He brings 22 saves, a 1.04 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

David Price, Rays: It's the third trip for the 26-year-old left-hander. He is 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings.


Joe Mauer, Twins, catcher:The now five-time All-Star has returned to form in 2012, hitting .325/.416/.448 with 36 RBI and 37 runs scored.

Matt Wieters, Orioles, catcher: The 26-year-old defensive whiz makes his second straight trip to the All-Star Game. He's hitting .249/.331/.440 with 11 homers and 38 RBI.

Paul Konerko, White Sox, first baseman: He's now a six-time All-Star and not slowing down at age 36, hitting .336/.413/.556 with 14 homers, 40 RBI and 38 runs.

Ian Kinsler, Rangers, second baseman: Kinsler, 30, is now a three-time All-Star. He's a smooth fielder and is hitting .276/.336/.450 with 25 doubles, nine homers, 40 RBI, 15 steals and an MLB-best 60 runs scored.

Elvis Andrus, Rangers, shortstop: "Smooth" wouldn't even begin to describe Andrus' glove prowess and he's also hitting .305/.381/.411 with five triples, 16 stolen bases and 51 runs scored. It's the second All-Star appearance for the 23 year old.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians, shortstop: It's the second trip for the 26-year-old Cabrera, and he's certainly earned it. He's hitting .298/.379/.493 with 11 homers, 40 RBI and 40 runs.

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, third baseman: A shift across the diamond doesn't phase Cabrera, as he makes his seventh trip to the All-Star Game, and he's still not even 30 years old. He's hitting .315/.376/.541 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 45 runs. He also leads the AL with 99 hits.

Mike Trout, Angels, outfielder: He didn't even get promoted to the majors until April 28, but since then the 20-year-old phenom has taken the league by storm. He's hitting .336/.391/.526 with 14 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 32 RBI, 48 runs, 22 stolen bases and several highlight-reel defensive plays. This should be the first trip of many.

Mark Trumbo, Angels, outfielder: Last season's AL Rookie of the Year runner-up has improved in nearly every facet of his game, hitting .313/.363/.614 with 19 homers and 53 RBI.

Adam Jones, Orioles, outfielder: The 26-year-old center fielder has put up MVP-caliber numbers to this point, hitting .300/.343/.554 with 19 homers, 41 RBI, 51 runs and 10 stolen bases with great defense.

Adam Dunn, White Sox, designated hitter: After an unmitigated disaster last season, Dunn is having the mother of all bounce-back seasons. He has 24 homers, 58 RBI and an .878 OPS.

Billy Butler, Royals, designated hitter: In his first All-Star appearance, the 26-year-old Butler will be the lone hometown representative in Kansas City. He's hitting .297/.365/.516 with 16 homers and 48 RBI.

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