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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.

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