Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 7/1/12
MLB announced its 2012 Major League All-Star rosters on Sunday. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels, catcher Carlos Ruiz and closer Jonathan Papelbon will all represent the Phillies in the annual exhibition. The left-handed Hamels has a 10-4 record with a 3.08 ERA through 16 starts this season. This is Hamels’ third All-Star selection. The 28-year-old has averaged 9 strike outs per 8 innings in 2012. Ruiz, named as an All-Star for the first time, led the majors in hitting heading into game action on Sunday with a .358 mark. Additionally, the 33-year-old Panama native has slugged 11 homers with 43 RBI. Ruiz will back up starting catcher Buster Posey, who was voted as the NL starter by the fans. Papelbon, a right-hander, becomes an All-Star Game for the fifth time, his first in the National League. The 31-year-old has a 2-2 record with 18 saves and a 3.03 ERA. Papelbon has not allowed a run this season in 14 games away from Citizens Bank Park. The 2012 All-Star game will take place...
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