Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pena named to All-Star team

Turns out, Carlos Pena is an All-Star.

The Rays first baseman was added to the American League roster Sunday morning by Rays and American League manager Joe Maddon to fill the spot created when Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia removed himself from the team.

Pedroia took himself out of the game to be with his wife, who is expecting a baby.

Pena, who leads the American League with 24 home runs, was in danger of becoming the first AL home run leader not to make the All-Star team since Mickey Tettleton of Detroit in 1993.

Pena was not among the top vote getters for AL first baseman. He was one of five players on the "Final Vote" ballot, an sponsored on-line campaign, but finished fourth.

Maddon placed Pena on the squad ahead of Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, despite the fact Kinsler finished ahead of Pena in the "Final Vote" campaign.

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