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Maui's Kurt Suzuki named to 1st All Star game

By Star-Advertiser staff & News Services

LAST UPDATED: 2:51 p.m. HST, Jul 6, 2014

Maui's Kurt Suzuki will play in his first All Star game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

Suzuki was among two hometown Twins players named to the American League All Star roster Sunday.

The Wailuku native and Baldwin High School graduate is in his eighth major league season as a catcher.

I don't know how to describe it," Suzuki said in a story on the Twins official website on MLB.com. "It's kind of surreal right now. I'm just trying to soak it all in. I'm just trying to have a good time with it and try to enjoy myself. It's going to be cool. It's my first one so I don't know what it'll be like, but I'm assuming it'll be pretty fun with the home crowd behind you. This is my home team so this is exciting."

The other Minnesota player selected was closer Glen Perkins.

"I have a knack for bringing catchers," Perkins said with a laugh in the MLB.com story. "I'm excited for him. He's had a heck of a year. He's been our best player. He's more than deserving. I'm excited for him, and hopefully I'll get the chance to throw the ball to him."

Rosters for the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field, Minneapolis (x-inactive; r-replacement).



Catcher -- x-Matt Wieters, Orioles; y-Salvador Perez, Royals

First Base -- Josh Donaldson, Athletics

Second Base -- Robinson Cano, Mariners

Third Base -- Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Shortstop -- Derek Jeter, Yankees

Outfield -- Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Mike Trout, Angels; Adam Jones, Orioles;

Designated Hitter -- Nelson Cruz, Orioles



Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees

Mark Buehrle, LHP, Blue Jays

Yu Darvish, RHP, Rangers

Sean Doolittle, LHP, Athletics

Felix Hernandez, RHP, Mariners

Greg Holland, RHP, Royals

Scott Kazmir, LHP, Athletics

Jon Lester, LHP, Red Sox

Glen Perkins, LHP, Twins

David Price, LHP, Rays

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tigers

Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, Yankees


Derek Norris, Athletics

Kurt Suzuki, Twins


Jose Abreu, White Sox

Jose Altuve, Astros

Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

Brandon Moss, Athletics

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox


Michael Brantley, Indians

Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics

Alex Gordon, Royals

Designated Hitters

Victor Martinez, Tigers

MLB.Com Final Vote Candidates

LHP Dallas Keuchel, Astros

RHP Corey Kluber, Indians

RHP Garrett Richards, Angels

RHP Rick Porcello, Tigers

LHP Chris Sale, White Sox



Catcher -- Yadier Molina, Cardinals

First Base -- Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

Second Base -- Chase Utley, Phillies

Third Base -- Aramis Ramirez, Brewers

Shortstop -- Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Outfield -- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Carlos Gomez, Brewers; Yasiel Puig, Dodgers



Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants

Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds

Johnny Cueto, RHP, Reds

Zack Greinke, RHP, Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Dodgers

Craig Kimbrel, RHP, Braves

Pat Neshek, RHP, Cardinals

Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Brewers

Tyson Ross, RHP, Padres

x-Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs/A's

Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves

Adam Wainwright, RHP, Cardinals

Tony Watson, LHP, Pirates

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Nationals


Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

Devin Mesoraco, Reds


Matt Carpenter, Cardinals

Starlin Castro, Cubs

Todd Frazier, Reds

Freddie Freeman, Braves

Dee Gordon, Dodgers

Daniel Murphy, Mets


Charlie Blackmon, Rockies

Josh Harrison, Pirates

Hunter Pence, Giants

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

MLB.Com Final Vote Candidates

3B Casey McGehee, Marlins

1B Justin Morneau, Rockies

3B Anthony Rendon, Nationals

1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

OF Justin Upton, Braves

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