2012 MLB All-Star Game: N.L. Squad Shuts Out A.L., 8-0

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game saw the N.L. team defeat the A.L., 8-0.

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2012 MLB All-Star Lineup: Carlos Gonzalez Hitting Leadoff As DH

Colorado Rockies fans got a pleasant surprise on Monday afternoon when Jon Morosi of FOX Sports announced that OF Carlos Gonzalez would be not only starting for the National League team, but hitting leadoff as the squad's designated hitter:

Gonzalez earned All-Star reserve honors when the NL team manager, the retired Tony La Russa, selected him for the bench. CarGo owns a monstrous .330/.389/.578 slash like with 17 homers and 11 steals through the first half of the season.

His selection in 2012 marks the first time he will appear in an All-Star Game, and he will be the Rockies' lone representative to the event.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Rockies blog Purple Row. More news and analysis on major league baseball and the upcoming All Star Game can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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2012 Home Run Derby: Contestants, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The Colorado Rockies will be represented by outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in Monday night's Home Run Derby. It's Gonzalez's first-ever appearance in the competition.

The participants:

National League
Matt Kemp (team captain)
Carlos Beltran
Carlos Gonzalez
Andrew McCutchen

Related: 2012 MLB Home Run Derby: Carlos Gonzalez Faces Longest Odds

American League
Robinson Cano (team captain)
Jose Bautista
Prince Fielder
Mark Trumbo

Cano won the event in 2011, while Fielder took the honors in 2009. Both Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp competed in 2011; the other four are derby rookies.

Gonzalez has 17 home runs this season, which is tied for the fourth most in the National League.

HR Derby Date & Time: Monday, July 9, 6:00 p.m. MT

TV: ESPN

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Rosters: Carlos Gonzalez Rockies' Lone Representative

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has made the 2012 National League All-Star Game Roster. This is first All-Star Game selection. Though he did not make it in as starter, Gonzalez was a reserve selection by since-retired but former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

Entering Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres, Gonzalez is hitting .337/.394/.604 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI. All three numbers in his triple-slash line are better than his 2010 season line, which saw him finish in third place for the N.L. M.V.P. award. He currently has half the amount of home runs he had that season and it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility for him to beat 34 by the end of the season.

Troy Tulowitzki had been the leading vote-getter at shortstop during the first several announcements of voting, but he eventually dropped out of the position. Injury, as well, has sidelined him until some time later in August.

Reliever Matt Belisle had a compelling case with a 1.93 ERA in 39 appearances. But having Colorado pitchers in an All-Star Game appears to be anathema against the spirit of the event.

Rosters can be found here.

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