NEW YORK - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips will start for the National League in the 2013 All-Star game.
It was also announced Saturday that left-handed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was added to the roster for the July 16 interleague showcase game at Citi Field in New York.
The Reds were one of four teams to have at least two position players selected by fans to start in the annual midsummer classic. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies also had two players selected, while Baltimore Orioles led the way with three fan-picked starters.
As of Saturday evening, Votto was fourth in the NL with a .322 average. He had 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 87 games this season. He is also among the league leaders in hits (105), walks (62) and on-base percentage (.433).
Votto, who is making his fourth straight All-Star game appearance (second start), is the first Cincinnati Reds player to start in back-to-back midsummer classics since Barry Larkin (1999-2000).
Phillips is the first Reds second baseman to start in the All-Star game since Joe Morgan accomplished the feat multiple times in the 1970s.
The three-time All-Star enters Sunday among the NL leaders in RBIs (63) and has been among the most clutch performers at the plate all season. He is also a favorite to win his fourth Gold Glove.
Although he has struggled recently, Chapman is still considered the most dominant closer in the game when he's throwing well. The hard-throwing southpaw has 59 strikeouts in just 35 innings of work, placing among the major league leaders in strikeouts per inning pitched.
Chapman's 2.57 ERA is higher than last year's number (2.38), but that hasn't stopped him from converting 20 of 23 save opportunities.
The two-time All-Start will also be able to pitch in front of his parents who defected from Cuba in January, according to Chapman.
While the Reds have had a successful start to the season (50-37), they're not the only team in the NL Central that's impressed so far this season.
The Cardinals are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Reds for second place in league thanks to the performances of All-Star starters Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina, the NL's top vote-getter.
Infielders Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter, and right-hander Adam Wainwright will also represent St. Louis in New York.
The surprising Pittsburgh Pirates are currently in first place in the Central division with a 53-33 record. While they don't have any starters in the game, Steel City is well represented on the roster with three players: lefty Jeff Locke, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and perennial MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, one of the most dynamic outfielders in the game.
The team with the most position players selected to start this year is the Orioles, which will have three starters for the first time since Cal Ripken played in 1997.
Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis drew the most fan votes in the major leagues for his first selection. Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who had 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection.
Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001). His 33 homers is the seventh best total before the All-Star game in MLB history.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones also made it for Baltimore.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were selected from the Rockies, which earned a pair of selections despite a sub-.500 record (42-45).
A handful of would-be "snubs" in both the American League and the National League have one last chance to make the All-Star game.
Five players in both leagues are nominated for the Final Vote balloting contest, which gives fans an opportunity to vote them into the game. The player in each league who receives the most votes between Saturday evening and Thursday will make the roster.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig is joined on the NL last-chance ballot by teammate Adrian Gonzalez, shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
The American League's five are all relievers: Detroit's Joaquin Benoit, Toronto's Steve Delabar, the Yankees' David Robertson, Texas' Tanner Scheppers and Boston's Koji Uehara.
You can cast the Final Vote by clicking here of visiting the following link: http://ow.ly/mIJFT.
See The All-Star Game Rosters On The Next Page
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A's
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers
C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
* Chosen on Player Ballot, injured
@ Injury replacement
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