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2012 MLB All-Star Game: OF Carlos Gonzalez Ready For All-Star Pitching

Colorado Rockies fans will have the distinct pleasure of watching their very own OF Carlos Gonzalez leading off for the National League All-Stars on Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Gonzalez, whom the Rockies acquired in 2008 for OF Matt Holliday, has blossomed from 15 to 20 home run hitter in the minors to a 25 to 35 home run hitter over the past three major league seasons.

And though he will be hitting leadoff for the NL team, he knows the pitchers will do whatever they can to keep him from going deep:

"I just want to help my team any possible way. I know it's more difficult than before. Pitchers are not pitching me the same way. They're not around the plate a lot. It's hard to hit a homer right now. I haven't seen any good pitches around the strike zone. I haven't seen any mistakes. But you've seen that I can put the ball in play, getting some hits, grinding and getting on base for my guys."

The 2012 All-Star Game begins at 6:15 p.m. MDT on Tuesday night.

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