KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: National League All-Star Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves takes off his helmet and waves to the crowd during his at bat in the sixth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

2012 MLB All-Star Game: National League Wins, Chipper Jones Singles In Final At Bat

Chipper Jones received a thunderous standing ovation and then singled through the right side in his final All-Star Game at bat.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: National League Takes Home-Field Advantage With 8-0 Win

Should the Braves make the World Series, they'll be opening at Turner Field.

The National League beat up the American League MVP and cruised to an 8-0 win in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City. It is the third straight year the NL has won, and as a result, the winner of the NLCS will host the 2012 World Series. It was the largest margin of victory for the NL in All-Star Game history.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed five runs in the first inning, including a three-RBI triple from Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval. All eight NL runs came over two innings. Rangers starter Matt Harrison allowed three two-out runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer from Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and was awarded the game's MVP.

As for the Braves in the game, Dan Uggla went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning in the start. Chipper Jones went 1-for-1 with a single in an emotional final All-Star appearance and Michael Bourn went 0-for-1. Craig Kimbrel struck out the two batters he faced in the eighth inning.

In the end, 41 position players and 20 pitchers total played in the game.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Craig Kimbrel Dominant In Relief Appearance

Craig Kimbrel entered the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in the bottom half of the eighth inning with the National League leading the American League 8-0. Kimbrel made quick work of the two batters he faced striking out Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Kimbrel faced just two batters in the eighth and Tony LaRussa opted to insert Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman to face Mike Trout. Chapman walked Trout before coming back to strike out Mark Trumbo.

Kimbrel is the last of the four Braves representatives to get into the game. Dan Uggla started the game at second base and went 1 for 2 with an RBI. Chipper Jones singled in his final All-Star game at-bat and Michael Bourn struck out in his only plate appearance thus far.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Chipper Jones Singles In First At-Bat

Playing in what will be the final All-Star Game of his career, Chipper Jones came up to the plate in the sixth inning as the National League's new DH. Chipper received a roaring standing ovation from the sellout crowd in Kansas City, and the familiar tune of 'Thunderstruck' was played as he strolled to the plate. For a Braves fan, it doesn't get much better than that.

Jones took the first pitch he saw from rookie Chris Sale and grounded it towards second baseman Ian Kinsler. Despite very little speed on the ball, it managed to just sneak under Kinsler's glove and into right field. The crowd cheered as Chipper reached first.

The National League has completely dominated the 2012 All-Star Game thus far. They currently leads 8-0 in the seventh inning.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Score: Dan Uggla Flies Out In Fourth And Fifth Innings, National League Leads 8-0

After coming up with an infield RBI single in the first inning, Dan Uggla flew out to deep center field in his second at-bat. Uggla hit the ball well against former Braves prospect Matt Harrison, but it was just to the wrong and deepest part of the ballpark. Uggla then hit a lazy flyout to left field in his third at-bat of the game in the fifth.

No other members of the Braves have made an appearance at the 2012 All-Star Game. As for the other action, the National League currently leads by a score of 8-0. The two big blows of the game came on a bases-clearing triple from Pablo Sandoval in the first inning, and then a two-run homer in the fourth from another former Brave, Melky Cabrera.

The NL has surrendered just two hits thus far, and the American League is yet to mount any kind of rally. It appears that the Braves will have home field advantage in the World Series should they make it. Hooray!

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Dan Uggla Singles, Drives In A Run For National League

The National League got off a great start at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, scoring five runs in the first inning off Justin Verlander. The NL has won the last two Mid-Summer Classics and with home field for the World Series on the line, it's safe to say the guys came to play.

Ryan Braun doubled in Melky Cabrera for the first run of the game. After loading the bases with two outs, Verlander surrendered a bases-clearing triple to Pablo Sandoval. Dan Uggla then drove home Sandoval with an infield single to give the NL a 5-0 lead. Derek Jeter was able to make a play on Uggla's ball, but a poor throw skipped past Prince Fielder at first base.

Matt Cain is the starter for the NL and has just taken the mound in Kansas City. The game is currently airing live on FOX.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: NL All-Stars Comment On Chipper Jones' Last Midsummer Classic

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. This will be the final All-Star Game in a storied 19-year career for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. Not surprisingly, many All-Stars have glowing comments about playing on the same team as Jones for his last go-round at the Midsummer Classic.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com collects some quotes from Jones' National League teammates, including Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper.

"Seeing Chipper and his last All-Star Game is going to be a thing for the ages," Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper said. "I can tell my kids I saw Chipper Jones' last All-Star Game. It's kind of sad, but he has had a great career and been the face of that Braves' franchise for so long. He's an All-Star and a Hall of Famer."

Former Rookie of the Year, Georgia native and starting catcher Buster Posey also chimed in.

"I've watched him my whole life," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "He was probably in the big leagues when I was six or seven years old. I grew up watching him all the way through high school. It's cool. In my mind, he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It's always nice being around that kind of player."

Braves teammate Michael Bourn had this to say:

"He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Bourn said. "He was born to play baseball. He's played for 19 years and he can still play at 40 years old. That's what amazes me most, because they tell me at 40 things just don't work the same."

Perhaps Jones will give the Kansas City crowd and Braves fans something to cheer about on Tuesday night.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Lineup, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night to decide whether the American or National League will host this year's World Series. For the AL, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will take the mound, while Giants pitcher Matt Cain starts for the NL.

You can get a full look at the AL lineup here and the NL lineup here.

Of special interest in this one, of course, is Chipper Jones' eighth and final All-Star appearance, something Braves fans will likely remember. His teammates and peers have so much respect for him. It's safe to figure Chipper's going to have a lot of fun out there.

Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information.

Game date/time: Tuesday, July 10, 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: Fox

Streaming: MLB.com

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MLB All-Star Game: Teammates Weigh In On Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones will be making his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night and the moment is not lost on any of his National League teammates or American League opponents.

Former teammate and fellow NL All-Star Rafael Furcal had this to say about Jones and his hall of fame career:

"I'm so excited to be here with Chipper's in his last time here. I learned a lot from him in the years I spent in Atlanta. He's one of the best switch-hitters in the game. Great teammate, great player, great hitter. Everything."

American League pitcher Matt Harrison came up in the Braves system before being a part of the trade that brought first baseman Mark Teixera to Atlanta. Harrison says that Jones is the face of the Braves franchise.

"He was pretty much the face of the franchise when I was going through the minor leagues with [the Braves]. He's a great guy and has always been a standup, class-act guy. It was an honor to be around him for the little time I was and to see how he goes about his business. He's been there almost 20 years. It's just unbelievable, to be there that long with one team."

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Home Run Derby 2012: Prince Fielder Wins With Record 12 In Final

Prince Fielder hit the longest home runs on Monday, and he hit the most.

The Tigers first baseman won the 2012 Home Run Derby in Kansas City with 12 home runs in the final, which tied a derby final record. Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round, but only managed seven in the final.

Bautista (11), Mark Trumbo (7), Carlos Beltran (7) and Fielder (5) advanced out of the first round. But the highlight of the round was Yankees second baseman and American League captain Robinson Cano, who selected the AL roster. Kansas City fans were unhappy that Royals designated hitter Billy Butler was left off the roster, and they displayed that displeasure with boos during his introduction and first round. The fans had the last laugh, as Cano went homerless.

In the second round, Fielder hit 11 home runs for a total of 16. Bautista hit two and Trumbo hit six in the second round, tying with a total of 13. As a result, the pair had a five-swing swing-off. Trumbo hit one over five swings, and Bautista hit two to advance to the final.

The longest home run of the night came from Fielder, who hit a 476-foot blast in the second round and in the final, and had many balls land in the fountain in center field. This was Fielder's second derby win, as he won in 2009 as a member of the Brewers. He becomes the second player to win multiple derbies, joining Ken Griffey Jr, who won three in the 1990s.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Chipper Jones 'Can't Wait'

There's a generation of baseball fans that grew up watching Chipper Jones play for the Atlanta Braves and subsequently in seven All-Star games. On Tuesday, Jones will play in his eighth and final one, and the veteran can't wait to get out there.

Neither can his four sons, whose ages range from 6-14. Jones used to round up his All-Star teammates and fly them on his chartered private jet to the game, but this time he's getting his sons, who are flying back from vacation in Miami, and they fly to Kansas City on Monday. Jones' parents are meeting him in Kansas from their ranch in Texas, all of this according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"They're jacked up, man, ready to go," Jones said of his boys. "I'm sure they won't get much sleep tonight."

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: National And American League Starting Pitchers Announced

The National League and American League starting pitchers were announced on Monday for Tuesday night's 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City.

The Detroit Tigers ace, Justin Verlander was named the starter by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington according to MLB.com. Verlander expressed excitement about being the AL starting pitcher:

"What an honor it is to start my first All-Star Game," Verlander said at an Arrowhead Stadium news conference on Monday. "I've been to a few in the past and some I haven't had the opportunity to pitch like last year and some I've pitched out of the bullpen. But this is something different, and I'm going to relish every moment and hopefully play a part in helping the American league win."

St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa decided on Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants over R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. La Russa explained his decision this way:

"I know Dickey's going to play," La Russa said. "I'm very aware of the first half he's had. The one edge that I thought made sense, we've got Buster [Posey] catching and Matt is equally legitimate as far as getting the honor. And then we're just going to play the game. I can't bet you Dickey will come out in the second or fourth, I just know he's going to pitch in the first half of the game."

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

While All-Star festivities got under way this weekend in Kansas City, for most fans Monday night's Home Run Derby officially marks the beginning of the break.

The derby includes the return of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is still on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

The full list of participants is below:

American League contestants:
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

Game Date/Time: Monday July 9, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: ESPN

Radio: ESPN Radio

Streaming: ESPN3 and WatchESPN app

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MLB Futures Game 2012: USA Team Shows Off Bats In 17-5 Win

A nine-run sixth inning sparked a 17-5 win for the USA over the World in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday. The home team scored 17 of the last 18 runs in the game.

The only Braves representative, catcher Christian Bethancourt, was on the losing end of the scoreboard. He started and hit ninth, but he went 0-for-3 before being removed.

The 20-year old enjoyed the experience but is not impatient to get back to a major league ballpark.

"I really don't think about that," Bethancourt said. "I just think about coming to the field to help my team and do the right things every day. If it does happen, then it happens."

The game's most valuable player was Nick Castellanos, who hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Castellanos is a third baseman in Double-A for the Detroit Tigers.

All-Star festivities will continue on Monday with the Home Run Derby.

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Looking Back (And Forward) On The Atlanta Braves' 2012 Season Thus Far

Examining which players have been the team MVPs at the midway point. And what's all this talk of a potential trade before the deadline?

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MLB Futures Game: Braves Prospect Christian Bethancourt Goes Hitless, Shows Off Arm

The Atlanta Braves had just one representative at the 2012 MLB Future's Game in Christian Bethancourt, and he showed the sellout crowd in Kansas City just why scouts rave about him so much.

Bethancourt took an 0-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout, but he was robbed of a hit (and probably an RBI) on a nice leaping catch from the Team USA shortstop. What was his shining moment was a play that came behind the plate; Bethancourt fired a strike three pitch down to second base to throw out a would-be base stealer. It was an absolute rocket of a throw, and one scout had him at 1.82 seconds on the release.

That's good enough to make him an elite defensive catcher right now in the Major Leagues, and that isn't even the fastest time Bethancourt has been clocked at.

Team USA has completely dominated the game in the later innings. Despite trailing 4-0 after three innings, they now lead 17-5 in the top of the eighth.

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MLB Futures Game 2012: What To Watch For With Braves Prospect Christian Bethancourt

The Atlanta Braves have sent quite a few players to the MLB Futures Game over the years, and they'll have yet another representative on the World team with catcher Christian Bethancourt. He is currently a top-3 prospect in the system and is blessed with an incredible throwing arm behind the plate, but his bat is yet to come around.

Bethancourt, who is just 20 years old, is hitting .254 with an OPS of .558. Scouts believe he still has plenty of time to come into his own as a hitter, but at least some kind of production in Mississippi wouldn't hurt anything.

As for this afternoon's game in Kansas City, the matchup to watch will be Bethancourt behind the dish against leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton. If Hamilton reaches base, he's a lock to steal; he already has upwards of 100 stolen bases in 2012. Very few have the arm to throw Hamilton out, but Bethancourt certainly could.

Another player to watch for is Mike Olt, the starting third baseman for Team USA. A Texas Rangers prospect, he has unreal power and will likely be in the majors sooner rather than later.

It should be a great day for baseball as the league's most promising youngsters put their game on display. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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MLB Futures Game 2012 Starting Lineups: Christian Bethancourt Gets Start For World Team

Atlanta Braves' catching prospect Christian Bethancourt will get the start for the World team at the 2012 MLB Futures Game. Bethancourt will bat ninth in the order and will be catching Royals pitching prospect Yordano Ventura to start the game.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2012 MLB Futures Game:

World Team

1. Jean Segura - 2B - LAA
2. Jurickson Profar - SS - TEX
3. Oscar Taveras - RF - STL
4. Alfredo Marte - LF - ARI
5. Xander Bogaerts - DH - BOS
6. Wilmer Flores - 3B - NYM
7. Jesus Aguilar - 1B - CLE
8. Jae-Hoon Ha - CF - CHC
9. Christian Bethancourt - C- ATL
P. Yordano Ventura - KC

U.S. Team

1. Billy Hamilton - SS - CIN
2. Kolten Wong - 2B - STL
3. Wil Myers - RF - KC
4. Mike Olt - 3B - TEX
5. Jonathan Singleton - 1B - HOU
6. Michael Choice - LF - OAK
7. Nick Castellanos - DH - DET
8. Tommy Joseph - C - SF
9. Anthony Gose - CF - TOR
P. Jake Odorizzi - KC

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MLB Futures Game 2012: Rosters, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

Christian Bethancourt will be the lone representative for the Atlanta Braves at the 2012 Futures Game that takes place on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The first pitch for the game is slated for approximately 5 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN2.

Here is a look at the complete rosters for the 2012 Futures Game:

World Team

Pitchers
Lisalverto Bonilla - Philadelphia
Jose Fernandez - Miami
Kyle Lotzkar - Cincinnati
Ariel Pena - Los Angeles Angels
Chris Reed - Los Angeles Dodgers
Felipe Rivero - Tampa Bay
Julio Rodriguez - Philadelphia
Enny Romero - Tampa Bay
Bruce Rondon - Detroit
Yordano Ventura - Kansas City

Catchers
Christian Bethancourt - Atlanta
Ali Solis - San Diego

Infielders
Jesus Aguilar - Cleveland
Xander Bogaerts - Boston
Wilmer Flores - New York Mets
Francisco Lindor - Cleveland
Chih-Fang Pan - Oakland
Jurickson Profar - Texas
Carlos Sanchez - Chicago White Sox
Jean Segura - Los Angeles Angels

Outfielders
Oswaldo Arcia - Minnesota
Jae-Hoon Ha - Chicago Cubs
Rymer Liriano - San Diego
Alfredo Marte - Arizona
Oscar Taveras - St. Louis

U.S. Team

Pitchers
Matt Barnes - Boston
Dylan Bundy - Baltimore
Gerrit Cole - Pittsburgh
Danny Hultzen - Seattle
Alex Meyer - Washington
Jake Odorizzi - Kansas City
Tyler Skaggs - Arizona
Jameson Taillon - Pittsburgh
Taijuan Walker - Seattle
Zack Wheeler - New York

Catchers
Rob Brantly
Tommy Joseph

Infielders
Nolan Arenado - Colorado
Nick Castellanos - Detroit
Scooter Gennett - Milwaukee
Billy Hamilton - Cincinnati
Manny Machado - Baltimore
Mike Olt - Texas
Jonathan Singleton - Houston
Kolten Wong - St. Louis

Outfielders
Tyler Austin - New York
Michael Choice - Oakland
Anthony Gose - Toronto
Wil Myers - Kansas City
Christian Yelich - Miami

Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 8, 5 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: ESPN2

Radio: MLB Network Radio XM 89

Online Streaming: MLB.com

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2012 MLB All-Star Roster: Michael Bourn Replaces Ian Desmond

The Atlanta Braves are getting another player to the National League All-Star team as center fielder Michael Bourn is replacing the injured Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. Desmond is missing the All-Star game due to an oblique injury which has been bothering him since the middle of June. Bourn was one of the finalist for the MLB fan vote, but he came up in third place in the voting.

This will be Bourn's second appearance in an All-Star game during his seven-year career. The last time Bourn was an All-Star came in 2010 when he was a member of the Houston Astros.

Bourn is a deserving player for this year's All-Star game since he is hitting .305, has 32 RBI and stolen 23 bases so far.

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2012 MLB All-Star Weekend: Schedule Of Events

The Atlanta Braves and the rest of Major League Baseball are rapidly approaching the All-Star Break. This year's All-Star game will be hosted by the Kansas City Royals and will be held in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The Braves will have several participants starting with Double-A catcher Christian Bethancourt's appearance in the Futures Game on Sunday. The annual home run derby will take place on Monday.

Three Braves players will take part in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Dan Uggla was voted in to start by the fans at second base and will also be joined by reliever Craig Kimbrel and third baseman Chipper Jones who will retire at the end of the season and will be making his final All-Star Game appearance.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game:

Sunday July 8

SiriusXM Futures Game- 5 p.m. ET. on ESPN2

Monday July 9

State Farm Home Run Derby- 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game- 11 p.m. ESPN (Tape Delay)

Tuesday July 10

All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet- 2 p.m. ET on MLB Network
83rd MLB All Star Game- 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Michael Bourn Loses Final Vote

Unfortunately for Atlanta Braves fans, center fielder Michael Bourn will not be travelling to Kansas City for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Bourn was a finalist in MLB.com's Final Vote where fans get to pick the last man on the roster for both the American League and National League teams.

Despite serious campaigning on the part of his Braves teammate, Chipper Jones, who was in the Final Vote lead on the NL side before being named as a replacement for injured Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Bourn's bid for the final spot on the National League roster fell short as St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was declared the winner based on fan voting.

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MLB All-Star Final Vote: Chipper Jones Urges Fans To Vote For Michael Bourn

Not long after being named to the All-Star team in his final season, Chipper Jones turned his attention to lobbying for teammate Michael Bourn.

As of Tuesday, Bourn was last among the five players eligible for the All-Star Final Vote. Fans have until 4 p.m. Thursday to vote here for the final roster spot. Jones wants fans to send another Braves player to Kansas City.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"The one reason I'm really glad that it happened today is that now we can all vote for Mike Bourn and get him there," Jones said. "Mike Bourn has been our most valuable player this year. He's jumpstarted our offense time and time again. When he came over to shake my hand to congratulate me I told him he was coming with, so we've got to get him there."

Bourn made the 2010 All-Star Game as a member of the Astros. This season, he's hitting .305 with seven homers and 23 stolen bases in the leadoff spot for Atlanta.

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Chipper Jones Named To NL All-Star Team In His Final Season

It won't take a "final vote" to get Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City - after an injury to L.A. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Jones was named to the team.

Jones, along with Braves teammate Michael Bourn, had been part of a "final vote" currently taking place among fans for one remaining spot on the NL roster. Jones and Bourn were competing with the Cardinals' David Freese, Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill and the Nationals' Bryce Harper. As of Tuesday afternoon, Jones was in the lead, according to MLB.com.

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City was the only park Chipper hadn't played in during his career.

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MLB All-Star Snubs: Michael Bourn, Jason Heyward Should Have Been Selected

Braves fans understand the value of a player like Michael Bourn and are certainly thankful for Jason Heyward returning to his rookie form. Apparently ESPN MLB insider Keith Law is of similar thinking.

This, from his All-Star snubs:

And I'm not remotely a fan of putting a BABIP-fluke hitter such as Melky Cabrera in the game on that basis, let alone having him start over an established star such as Andrew McCutchen; Cabrera's roster spot should have gone to Michael Bourn or, preferably, re-emergent Jason Heyward, who appeared in the All-Star Game as a rookie in 2010

Dan Uggla and Craig Kimbrel were Braves players selected to represent the National League in this year's All-Star game.

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MLB Final Vote: Chipper Jones Would Like To Be Selected

Although the Final Vote field includes fellow Brave Michael Bourn, the race for the final spot on the NL All-Star is by all accounts a two-horse race between Chipper Jones and Bryce Harper.

Jones is in his final season and would like to make the team, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"This being my last year obviously it would be fun to go," Jones said. "I’d love to take my kids to an All-Star game, so we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a win-win either way."

Jones might have been cost a spot after Pablo Sandoval won the vote at third base, pushing David Wright to the bench.

As for Bourn, his hopes might not die with the Final Vote. He could also be named as an injury replacement for Matt Kemp.

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2012 MLB All Star Game: Dan Uggla Hoping For Home Run Derby Invite

Dan Uggla was voted to start at second base by the fans for the 2012 MLB All-Star game and the right handed slugger is hoping for an invite into the Home Run Derby.

Uggla has 201 home runs in his career and has 11 this season. This will be Uggla's third All-Star game in his career having gone in 2006 and 2008 as a member of the Florida Marlins. Uggla hit a career high 36 home runs in his first season with the Braves despite getting off to a very slow start. After a good start to the season Uggla has been slumping of late and has saw his batting average drop all the way to .235.

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MLB All-Star Game Rosters: Dan Uggla, Craig Kimbrel To Represent Braves

The rosters for the 2012 All-Star Game have been released, and the Atlanta Braves will have a couple of representatives on the team. The starters for the Mid-Summer Classic are decided on by fan vote, while the pitching staff and backup players are selected by both the manager and player vote.

As for the National League, Dan Uggla was voted in as the starting second baseman. It is the second selection of his career and the first since 2008.

Uggla has been struggling a bit in recent weeks, but he began showing signs of life once again on Saturday. He is currently batting .235 with a strong OPS of .777. Uggla has 12 homers and has driven in 43 runs thus far.

The other selection for the Braves was closer Craig Kimbrel. This was an absolute no-brainer, seeing as the kid is probably the best closer in the game at the ripe old age of 24. Kimbrel has recorded 23 saves, 50 strikeouts in 30 innings, and has an ERA of 1.50.

The biggest snubs from Atlanta: Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward. It's completely absurd that Bourn, the best leadoff hitter in the game, isn't on the team. And as for Prado and Heyward, they've both been amongst the most valuable outfielders in all of baseball in terms of WAR.

Then again, does anyone actually take the All-Star Game seriously?

Oh, wait, Bud Selig does. He's the commissioner of baseball, and now the exhibition game each July determines home field advantage for the World Series.

(This is the part where you shake your head and/or giggle)

You can find all of the other NL starters here.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.

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2012 Futures Game: Christian Bethancourt Likely To 'Do Something Awesome'

Christian Bethancourt may not be having the most successful season of a young minor league catcher, but he was still named to the Futures game on Thursday and one baseball expert is expecting him to do something awesome:

This, from ESPN's Keith Law:

He has raw power, but I'm including him here because of his defense. He's one of the best-throwing catchers in organized baseball, and I'd love to see him get a chance to try to throw out Billy Hamilton at second.

And the confidence in Bethancourt comes despite the youngster struggling this season with a .255 batting average and no homers in 41 games for Double-A Mississippi. But he's the only prospect from the Braves' organization who was selected to this group, so it says something about how people view him.

Read more about the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop, and be sure to head over to Baseball Nation for additional news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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2012 Futures Game: Christian Bethancourt Selected To Play For World Team

Atlanta Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been selected to take part in the 2012 Futures Game.

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2012 All-Star Voting: Dan Uggla Widens Lead, Freddie Freeman Second

MLB.com released the latest results of the fan voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and Dan Uggla saw his lead widen over second place Brandon Phillips. Uggla has over 2 million votes and leads Phillips by nearly 800,000 votes.

Chipper Jones remains in third place behind New York Mets third baseman David Wright and San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval. Wright's lead over Jones is some 400,000 votes. Freddie Freeman is second among National League first basemen but trails Joey Votto by over a million votes.

Brian McCann is fourth among N.L. catchers while Jason Heyward is 12th and Martin Prado 14th among outfielders. Closer Craig Kimbrel figures to be a strong candidate to make the team out of the bullpen and Brandon Beachy would have had a strong case if not for his current elbow injury.

Fans can vote up to 25 times for their favorite player with voting ending on June 28.

For more on the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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2012 MLB All-Star Voting: Dan Uggla Leading, Chipper Jones Third

Dan Uggla currently leads fan voting for the starting second baseman position at the 2012 All-Star Game.

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