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Updated: July 3rd, 2011 11:33am
Michael Cuddyer named to AL All-Star team for first time his career

Michael Cuddyer named to AL All-Star team for first time his career

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- In a season where the Minnesota Twins have sent 13 players to the disabled list, outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been the lone constant -- both health-wise and production-wise offensively.

On Sunday, Cuddyer was rewarded by being named to the American League All-Star team for the first time in his 11-year career.

"Words really can't describe it," Cuddyer said. "I mean, it's right up there with getting your first call to the big leagues. It's extremely special. You think about all the people that have helped you, from little league on up, teammates and coaches and everything."

Cuddyer came into Sunday hitting .286/.356/.459 with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and seven stolen bases, and he has spent time defensively playing right field, first base and second base due to the team's injury issues.

What position will he play in the All-Star game?

"Who knows?" Cuddyer said. "I don't know ... I'm going to take all my gloves just in case."

Prior to the official public announcement Sunday morning, manager Ron Gardenhire called a brief, 5-minute team meeting in the clubhouse to break the news. Cuddyer's teammates reacted with a round of applause, followed by hugs and high fives.

And now Cuddyer has to shuffle his All-Star break plans.

"I think my wife and I were going to go up to Stillwater and maybe spend the night at a bed and breakfast, but I think Phoenix will do just nice."

The All-Star game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 12.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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