Can You Name These Major-League All-Stars Without A Scorecard?
There are 29 first-time All-Stars on the American League and National League rosters, including injured players who won't participate in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis. Some, you know. Many, you don't. Let's scroll through some of the first-timers and other lesser-known All Stars (Text by The Courant's Paul Doyle):
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Pat Neshek, P, St. Louis
The 33-year-old sidearmer is a first-time All-Star after earning a major league job with the Cardinals in spring training. Neshek, who grew up in Minnesota, came up with the Twins and pitched for the Rock Cats in 2004 and 2005. With a 0.70 ERA in 43 games, Neshek is having the best season of his eight-year career.