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July 12, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Former baseball standouts from two Atlantic Coast Conference schools will be among the Major Leaguers taking the field for Tuesday night's 82nd All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Miami alumni Ryan Braun and Gaby Sanchez were selected as team members for the National League All-Stars, while former Hurricane Chris Perez will play for the American League. Former Georgia Tech All-America catcher Matt Wieters is also part of the AL squad. Braun, a starting outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, received the most votes in fan balloting for the National League before being forced to withdraw from the game due to a minor leg injury. Braun sports a team-high .320 batting average on the year with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. Sanchez, named to the team as a reserve first baseman, heads into the All-Star break batting .293 with 10 homers and 50 RBI.
Perez has successfully closed 21 games in 22 save opportunities for the Cleveland Indians. He sports a 2.43 ERA and has limited opposing hitters to a collective .203 batting average in his 36 appearances. Wieters, the starting catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, is batting .264 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games.