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Five All-Stars named at Salem

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 11, 2010 11:45 AM

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This release from the Salem Red Sox:

Three positions players and two pitchers will represent the Salem Red Sox at the 2010 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Carolina League RBI leader Ryan Lavarnway was chosen as the starting catcher, while Oscar Tejeda and Will Middlebrooks will start at second and third base, respectively.

On the mound, the Red Sox send Brock Huntzinger and Alex Wilson, both righthanded starters who have shined in their first months in the Carolina League.

Lavarnway has been a steady presence in the middle of the Salem lineup throughout the season, leading the club in homers (13) and RBI (48). Lavarnway also is tops in the Carolina League in runs scored with 45.

Tejeda deservingly gets the nod at second base after a dynamite first 60 games of 2010. The 20-year old leads the team 21 multi-hit games, and his .324 average is tied for fifth-best in the league. Tejeda has also hit a career-high eight homers, one more than his total of seven from the previous two seasons combined.

Middlebrooks earns the starting honor at third base for his excellent play both at the plate and at the hot corner. He has hit .299 with four homers, 18 doubles, and 23 RBI.

Huntzinger was named pitcher of the month in May when he went 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Overall, he is 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA. Wilson is 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA and owns a 2.89 ERA since May 1.

The quintet of Salem All-Stars will join the rest of their fellow Carolina League standouts at the 2010 California-Carolina League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 22 at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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