Hawaii’s Kurt Suzuki named a Major League All Star for the first time in his career

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For the first time in his career, Maui native and Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was chosen to play in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The announcement was made Sunday and he was selected as an American League team reserve player by manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox.

The 2001 Baldwin High School grad is being recognized for his .306 batting average this season, with two home runs, 18 doubles and 34 runs batted in.

He becomes just the second Hawaii-born position player to be named to play in the midsummer classic, joining fellow Wailuku native Shane Victorino, who participated in the 2009 and 2011 all-star games.

This year’s game will be played in Minnesota, in Suzuki’s home ball park, Target Field, and you can watch the game starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, on KHON/Fox.

American League Starters (fan vote)

  • C Matt Wieters, Orioles
  • 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  • 2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
  • SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
  • 3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
  • DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
  • OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)
  • OF Mike Trout, Angels
  • OF Adam Jones, Orioles

National League Starters (fan vote)

  • C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
  • 2B Chase Utley, Phillies
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
  • OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  • OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
  • OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

American League Pitchers

  • RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
  • RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
  • RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
  • LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
  • LHP David Price, Rays
  • LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
  • LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
  • LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
  • RHP Greg Holland, Royals
  • LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
  • RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees

National League Pitchers

  • RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
  • LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
  • LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
  • RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
  • RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
  • RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
  • RHP Julio Teheran, Braves*
  • RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
  • LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
  • RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
  • LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
  • RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals

* Teheran replaces Jeff Samardzija, who was voted into the game but is ineligible to play following his trade from the Cubs to the Athletics.

American League Reserves

  • C Salvador Perez, Royals — will replace Wieters (Tommy John surgery) in the starting lineup
  • C Derek Norris, Athletics
  • C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
  • 1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
  • 1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
  • 1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
  • 1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
  • 2B Jose Altuve, Astros
  • SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
  • 3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
  • OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
  • OF Alex Gordon, Royals
  • OF Michael Brantley, Indians

National League Reserves

  • C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
  • C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
  • 1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
  • 2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
  • 2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
  • SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
  • 3B Todd Frazier, Reds
  • 3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
  • IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
  • OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
  • OF Hunter Pence, Giants
  • OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins — will be in starting lineup at DH

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