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MLB All-Star Game 2012 Rosters: Minnesota Catcher Joe Mauer Named To American League Roster

A three-time batting champ, Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been selected to represent Minnesota's organization at the 2012 MLB All-Star game later this month in Kansas City.

Although he was beaten out in the starting lineup by Texas catcher Mike Napoli in a bit of a surprise, Mauer will be making his fifth career All-Star appearance, and first since 2010. He is one of three catchers (including Baltimore's Matt Wieters) on the AL roster, and will join a clubhouse that features a whopping seven players from the defending AL champion Rangers.

Here are the full AL rosters:

Starters
Mike Napoli - C
Prince Fielder - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B
Derek Jeter - SS
Adrian Beltre - 3B
Josh Hamilton - LF
Curtis Granderson - CF
Jose Bautista - RF
David Ortiz - DH

Reserves
Adam Jones - OF
Matt Wieters - C
Adam Dunn - 1B
Paul Konerko - 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B
Billy Butler - DH
Mike Trout - OF
Mark Trumbo - 1B
Joe Mauer - C
Elvis Andrus - SS
Ian Kinsler - 2B

Pitchers
Matt Harrison - SP
Joe Nathan - RP
Felix Hernandez - SP
Ryan Cook - RP
Justin Verlander - SP
C.C. Sabathia - SP (Replaced by C.J. Wilson - SP)
Jered Weaver - SP
Jim Johnson - RP
Chris Sale - SP
Chris Perez - RP
Fernando Rodney - RP
David Price - SP

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.