Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 7/11/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Allen Craig keeps accumulating mementos. He kept the 2011 World Series gear, the bats and the glove and the uniform. More recently, he set a clean, white envelope aside. "I may frame it," the St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman said of his official invitation to the upcoming MLB All-Star Game. When manager Mike Matheny entered the Cardinals' clubhouse with five sought-after invites in his hand following a 5-4 win against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, there was no guarantee Craig's name would be inked across one in black marker. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it," Craig said. "I think I had a pretty good first half. I put myself in the running. I was in the conversation. But, at the same time, I know how it works." While Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran and Adam Wainwright were locks, Craig was, to be honest, a bit of a crapshoot. He had played reliable defense at first base, carried a National League-best .476 batting average with runners in scori...
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