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Jhonny Peralta to replace Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis to replace Alex Rodriguez on AL All-Star roster07/08/2011 10:51 PM ET
MLB Press Release
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been named to replace New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been named to replace New York's Alex Rodriguez on the American League's active roster for the 82nd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.
Because Jeter and Rodriguez were fan-elected All-Stars, their replacements on the roster were chosen by American League All-Star manager Ron Washington in conjunction with Major League Baseball. In addition, because Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre are the highest ranking available players on the Player Ballot, they will be starters for the American League in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic.
This is the first career All-Star selection for Peralta, a nine-year Major League veteran who is in his first full season with the Tigers. Peralta entered play this evening with a .310 batting average on the year before hitting his 15th home run and notching his 50th early in tonight's game. This is the third career All-Star selection for Youkilis, who also attended in 2008 and 2009. The 32-year-old infielder is batting .276 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI on the season, along with a .394 on-base percentage.
Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.
The current American League and National League All-Star rosters are attached.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by 47 broadcast outlets to more than 200 countries and in 14 languages, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (local). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or dbacks.com/asg.
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