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3 Reds are All-Stars

3 Reds are All-Stars

The right side of the National League's All-Star infield will be comprised of Reds after the fans elected first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips as starters.

Votto and Phillips will be joined by closer Aroldis Chapman, who was also named to the NL pitching staff during the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on Saturday.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

It was a breakthrough last year when Votto became the first Reds player elected to the All-Star Game since outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. in 2007. Votto is now the first player for Cincinnati to earn consecutive fan-elected starts since shortstop Barry Larkin in 1999-2000.

Votto received 5,128,515 votes, which bested second-place Paul Goldschmidt's 4,269,685 votes.

Phillips received 4,799,417 votes, which put him ahead of the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, who received 4,337,408 votes.

Having teammates elected by fans to start together at first base and second base is an All-Star rarity which has happened only five times before. The others were Steve Garvey and Davey Lopes in 1979-80 for the Dodgers; Pete Rose and Manny Trillo for the Phillies in 1982; the Astros' Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio in 1997 and Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks with the Brewers in 2011.

This will be Votto's fourth consecutive All-Star bid. He entered play Saturday batting .325 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs and leading the NL in walks (60), on-base percentage (.433) and third in batting and ninth in slugging percentage.

Phillips, who was not selected as an All-Star last year, played in the 2010 and '11 games as a reserve. This season, he entered Saturday batting .265 with 12 homers and his 63 RBIs were third in the NL. Plugged into the cleanup spot since the second game of the season, Phillips also leads the Majors with 24 go-ahead RBIs and 13 game-winning RBIs. He is fifth in the league with a .391 average with runners in scoring position.

A three-time NL Gold Glove Award winner, Phillips has also made dazzling defensive plays seem a routine occurrence for the Reds.

Chapman is now a two-time All-Star after making it last year. He is 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 20 saves in 38 appearances. He has struck out 59 with 18 walks.

 

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