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Jul 6, 2013 8:28 PM by Greg Smith

Rockies' roster is home to 3 All-Stars

PHOENIX -- For the first time in their history, the Rockies have had two players elected by fans as starters for the All-Star Game -- shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. In addition, outfielder Michael Cuddyer was elected as a reserve via player balloting.

All have been chosen to play for the National League on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

The elections of Tulowitzki, the runaway winner at the shortstop position, and Gonzalez, who was 10th among outfielders almost a month ago but climbed all the way to the top three, as well as the peer designation of Cuddyer, were announced Saturday during the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.

Tulowitzki started in 2011, when Jose Reyes couldn't start because of injury, and Gonzalez was placed in the lineup last year as the designated hitter by manager Tony La Russa, but this is the first fan selection for each player. The only other time two Rockies were on the field at the start of the Midsummer Classic was 2001 in Seattle, when first baseman Todd Helton was selected by the fans and outfielder Larry Walker was appointed by manager Bobby Valentine as the DH.

It's not clear if both players will be on the field at the start of this game. Tulowitzki has been out since June 13 with a broken rib. This week, he began taking batting practice and he hopes to be able to go on a Minor League injury rehab assignment and be activated before the All-Star break. If he's active, he will play. If not, he'll go and participate in the All-Star Weekend festivities.

National League roster

Starters
C Yadier Molina, STL
1B Joey Votto, CIN
2B Brandon Phillips, CIN
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL
OF Carlos Beltran, STL
OF Carlos Gonzalez, COL
OF Bryce Harper, WAS
Pitchers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, SF
LHP Aroldis Chapman, CIN
LHP Patrick Corbin, ARI
RHP Jose Fernandez, MIA
RHP Jason Grilli, PIT
RHP Matt Harvey, NYM
LHP Clayton Kershaw, LAD
RHP Craig Kimbrel, ATL
LHP Cliff Lee, PHI
LHP Jeff Locke, PIT
RHP Adam Wainwright, STL
LHP Travis Wood, CHC
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, WAS
Reserves
C Buster Posey, SF
1B Paul Goldschmidt, ARI
1B Allen Craig, STL
2B Matt Carpenter, STL
2B Marco Scutaro, SF
SS Everth Cabrera, SD
SS Jean Segura, MIL
3B Pedro Alvarez, PIT
OF Domonic Brown, PHI
OF Michael Cuddyer, COL
OF Carlos Gomez, MIL
OF Andrew McCutchen, PIT

It's the third All-Star trip in four years for Tulowitzki, who was chosen to the team by players in 2010 but did not play because of an injury. It's the second trip in the last two years for Gonzalez. Cuddyer, who had the Majors' longest hitting streak at 27 games earlier this year, represented the Twins for the American League in the '11 All-Star contest.

This is the first time since 2003 that the Rockies have had three players invited to the game. Todd Helton was chosen by the fans as a starter for the game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The last time a Rockies player was chosen by fans before Saturday, outfielder Preston Walker was a reserve and pitcher Shawn Chacon was named to the squad, but he didn't participate because of injury.

The selections of the three Rockies highlight the strong offensive lineup the club has when everyone is healthy.

Before his injury, Tulowitzki had a .347 batting average and was vying for the NL lead in that category. He also led the league in slugging percentage at .635, and he has 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.

Gonzalez, who missed Friday night's 5-0 loss the D-backs with a strained muscle in his back but could return Saturday night, leads the NL in homers (23), extra-base hits (50) and slugging (.605). He is also third in RBIs with 62. Tulowitzki doesn't have enough plate appearances per game to be listed among the leaders.

Cuddyer, who moved up one spot to cleanup when Tulowitzki was injured, is second in the NL in batting average (.342) and slugging percentage (.591), and has 17 doubles, 15 home runs and 52 RBIs. He ranks 10th in RBIs.

From Saturday, July 6 to Thursday, July 11, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com for the final player for each League's All-Star roster.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

 

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