Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki to represent Twins in 2014 All-Star Game
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MINNEAPOLIS - Kurt Suzuki and Glen Perkins are headed to the All-Star Game. Or, more accurately, they will return home to be a part of All-Star Game week, which will take place in Minneapolis. The game will be at Target Field.
Perkins will make a return trip, while Suzuki is making the first appearance of his eight-year big league career.
Phil Hughes and Brian Dozier also deserved consideration but neither was announced to the American League team Sunday. (Hughes is currently lined up to pitch Sunday, July 13, meaning he likely wouldn't pitch in the game July 15 anyway.)
Manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan made the announcement to the team in the clubhouse before Sunday's game.
"I didn't know how to react," Suzuki said. "It's been a tough couple last years. But it all worked out and I couldn't have been happier. Great place, great group of guys, great coaching staff."
Perkins, who is from Stillwater and pitched for the Gophers, said it's an added bonus that the game will be played in his home state.
"It was a lot of pressure this year to get here from a lot of different people. A lot of pressure I put on myself," Perkins said. "I think in a way, you get your name out there a little bit it can maybe give you a nudge next year. I'll steal Joe [Mauer's] quote: 'any time you get a chance to go, you go. Because you never know when it's going to be your last one and you never know when you're going to be done.'"
Perkins understandably was pulling for his teammate to make it.
"I'm excited for [Suzuki]. He's had a heck of a year. He's been our best player and is more than deserving," Perkins said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and hopefully I get to throw the ball to him."
Ron Gardenhire -- coach
Joe Mauer -- ambassador
Dave Pruemer -- trainer
Perry Castellano -- strength coach