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Updated: July 6th, 2013 6:01pm
Twins' Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins named to American League All-Star team

Twins' Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins named to American League All-Star team

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As expected, Joe Mauer is once again an All-Star.

The Minnesota Twins star was officially named the American League's starting catcher on Saturday, as voted upon by fans, for the July 16 All-Star game at Citi Field.

But Mauer won't be the only member of the Twins in New York City. Closer Glen Perkins, who, like Mauer, is a Minnesota native, was named to the All-Star game roster for the first time in his career.

The Twins have not had much to celebrate in a third straight disappointing first half of the season, but Mauer and Perkins have served as consistent, positive forces for Minnesota.

Perkins has notched 20 saves and holds a 1.93 ERA in the course of 33 appearances this season (32.2 innings pitched).

This marks Mauer's sixth career All-Star nod and the fourth time he will serve as a starter. Deemed the "best catcher in baseball" by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, Mauer has held on to a .318 batting average (.314/.393/.466), with 33 extra base hits and 30 RBIs.

There is a strong dose of players with ties to the Twins on both rosters. Former Twins David Ortiz, Jesse Crain, J.J. Hardy, Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and Carlos Gomez all earned All-Star spots.

American League roster


C: Joe Mauer -- Twins
1B: Chris Davis -- Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano -- Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy -- Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera -- Tigers
OF: Mike Trout -- Angels
OF: Adam Jones -- Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista -- Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz -- Red Sox


RHP: Clay Buchholz (injury replacement) -- Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil -- Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon -- A's
RHP: Jesse Crain -- White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish -- Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez -- Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma -- Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson -- Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan -- Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins -- Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale -- White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer -- Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander - Tigers


C: Jason Castro -- Astros
C: Salvador Perez -- Royals
1B: Prince Fielder -- Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis -- Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia -- Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist -- Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta -- Tigers
3B: Manny Machado -- Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz -- Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon -- Royals
OF: Torii Hunter -- Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion -- Blue Jays

National League roster


C: Yadier Molina -- Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto -- Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips -- Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki -- Rockies
3B: David Wright -- Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran -- Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez -- Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper -- Nationals


LHP: Madison Bumgarner -- Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman -- Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin -- D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez -- Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli -- Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey -- Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw -- Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel -- Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee -- Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke -- Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright -- Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood -- Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann -- Nationals


C: Buster Posey -- Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt -- D-backs
1B: Allen Craig -- Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter -- Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro -- Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera -- Padres
SS: Jean Segura -- Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez -- Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown -- Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer -- Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez -- Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen -- Pirates