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July 6, 2013
Giants receive three All-Star nods, A's get one

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey was named to the N.L. All-Star team for the second time, while pitcher Madison Bumgarner and second baseman Marco Scutaro both made it for the first time as rosters were announced this afternoon. Scutaro's first All-Star selection comes at the age of 37.

Posey, the reigning N.L. MVP, enters today's game against the Dodgers batting .310 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. He was edged out for the start at catcher by the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, who led all N.L. vote-getters with more than 6.8 million votes, Major League Baseball announced.

Bumgarner, who starts today against the Dodgers, is 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA. Scutaro, who makes his first All-Star team in his 12th major-league season, is batting .313 with two homers and 18 RBIs despite missing time this season due to injury.

The A's received one All-Star nod for right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is 11-3 with a 2.78 ERA. Closer Grant Balfour, who is perfect this season in 22 save opportunities, and third baseman Josh Donaldson, who ranks among the league leaders in most offensive categories and leads the A's with a .317 average, 15 home runs and 57 RBIs, were not named to the team.

The A's also did not have any players in the five candidates for the final vote-in spot, which is determined this week by fans. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is among the five vote-in candidates in the National League. Giants manager Bruce Bochy will manage the N.L. team.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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