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This week: Braves sending 4 to All-Star Game

POSTED: July 8, 2012 11:37 p.m.

The Atlanta Braves will be well represented in this week’s All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Braves second baseman Dan Uggla earned the start at second base, despite hitting below .230 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. Uggla has struggled in the final 10 games, only managing two hits leading into Saturday night’s game at Philadelphia.

Uggla earned the honor via the selection process from fans, players, MLB Baseball and NL manager Tony La Russa. Atlanta pitcher Craig Kimbrel also was picked via the selection process.

Also representing Atlanta is third baseman Chipper Jones, who was named as a reserve to the NL roster last week. He was picked in the Final Vote campaign to replace Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp, who is currently on the disabled list.

He is having a great year hitting .291 with six homers and 29 RBIs. His best game of the season came last week when he had five hits and drove in four runs Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, also the same day he was named to the All-Star roster.

Braves outfielder Michael Bourn was a last-minute selection to the squad on Saturday. He’ll replace Washington Nationals short stop Ian Desmond, who has been dealing with a strained oblique, and will use the break to rest.

TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR GAME: The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves are sending a pair of its players to represent the International League in their All-Star Game on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Gwinnett pitcher Cory Gearrin was one of 17 players selected by the International League office, while Ernesto Mejia was one of the final 13 selected to round out the team, picked by team management, media and online fan voting.

Gearrin is coming off a strong first half with a 3-1 record with a 1.25 ERA and also has seven saves out of the bullpen. He’s allowed just 13 runs and 29 hits in 43 innings of work. Meanwhile, the first baseman Mejia is hitting .303 with team highs in both homers (17) and RBIs (58). Currently, Jose Constanza leads the G-Braves with a team-high .311 batting average.

After a dreadful June, Gwinnett responded by winning five of its first seven games in July.


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