L.A. Baseball Players Get All-Star Nods

Trout, Trumbo and Kershaw are among the players that will compete in the Midsummer Classic.

By Steven Covelman
|  Sunday, Jul 1, 2012  |  Updated 5:08 PM PDT
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Four Angels and two Dodgers are going to the All-Star Game on July 10, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.

Angels Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Mark Trumbo and rookie Mike Trout will travel to Kansas City for the 83rd Midsummer Classic on July 10, as will Dodgers Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.

Both Kemp and Kershaw have earned spots on the National League roster for the second consecutive season.

Kemp, who received 5.46 million votes from fans and was selected as a starter, will most likely be unable to participate due to a strained left hamstring that has sidelined him since May 31. The slugger is also supposed to be the NL captain for the Home Run Derby the day before the game.

He is scheduled to return to the diamond on July 13.

When Trout, 20, takes the field at Kaufmann Stadium -- home of the Royals -- he will become the seventh youngest American League All-Star non-pitcher in the game’s history and the 20th player in history to earn a spot on the team before turning 21.

The rookie sensation was not even on the All-Star ballot when the season began, but managed to secure 832,439 write-in votes. Like Trout, Trumbo will make his first All-Star appearance.

Conspicuously absent from the AL squad is Albert Pujols, recently signed by the Angels to a 10-year, $240 million contract.

This is the third time he'll be watching the All-Star game from home in his 12-year career.

Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano, who's been having a strong year, was also left off the team despite winning 9 games and posting a 2.69 ERA.

Angels' reliever Ernesto Frieri still has a chance of making the team. He is a candidate for this year’s Final Vote, a competition in which fans select the final player on each team’s 34-man roster.

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers received the most votes of any player with a record 11.1 million. Overall, 391.2 million votes from 34.9 million ballots were cast.

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