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John Farrell will take the reins as the manager for the American League All-Star Team. This is Farrell's first All-Star Game.

34. Salvador Perez

Salvador Perez
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34. Salvador Perez

Salvador Perez
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Salvador Perez is arguably the best catcher in the AL and deserves to be a starter. Perez is starting for the injured Matt Wieters and rightfully so. Perez was batting .289/.337/.449 prior to Sunday's All-Star selection.

33. Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
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33. Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
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Miguel Cabrera will be the starting first baseman for the AL. It is his ninth All-Star Game appearance as he is putting together another great season. The back-to-back American League MVP is hitting .311/.371/.540 with 14 home runs and 67 RBIs.

32. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano
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32. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano
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It is going to be weird seeing Robinson Cano back in the same lineup as Derek Jeter, but Cano does deserve this bid. Cano only has six homers and 51 RBIs this year, but his slash line is .323/.383/.447. Seattle's big risk is paying its dividends this season thus far.

31. Josh Donaldson

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31. Josh Donaldson

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Another player having a quietly fantastic year is Josh Donaldson. Although he did hit a slump at one point, Donaldson still managed to clobber 19 home runs and drive in 62 RBIs. His batting average is a little low for a starter, but his power numbers make up for it.

30. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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30. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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It is going to be the Derek Jeter show this year at Target Field. It is Jeter's final All-Star Game and although he may not deserve to be a starter, he is clearly one of the best batters on the New York Yankees this season.

29. Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista
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29. Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista
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Jose Bautista has continued to play very well this season. Coming into Sunday, he was hitting .300/.423/.529 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. His power numbers have been ridiculous and because he is leading the AL in walks with 60, his on-base numbers have also been great.

28. Mike Trout

Mike Trout
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28. Mike Trout

Mike Trout
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Mike Trout has been something special since making his Major League debut. This is Trout's third straight All-Star Game and this could be the year he wins the AL MVP award. His OPS is an outstanding 1.006 as he's tallied 20 home runs and 63 RBIs prior to Sunday's action.

27. Adam Jones

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27. Adam Jones

Adam Jones
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You could have put Yoenis Cespedes in Adam Jones' spot potentially, but Jones is eighth in the league in batting average (.308) and has an impressive 16 homers and 53 RBIs. Jones is playing very well this season and the All-Star nod is deserved.

26. Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz
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26. Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz
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Nelson Cruz is having a great comeback season for Baltimore. Cruz has 27 home runs with 71 RBIs and is making himself an AL MVP candidate for sure this season. He definitely deserves a starting nod.

25. Dellin Betances

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25. Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances
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A surprising All-Star not for Dellin Betances, but he has pitched lights out for the Yankees this year. In 37 games, Betances has yet to lose. He has allowed just nine runs in 50.1 innings and has a 13.9 K/9. He is the best reliever in the Yankees' bullpen.

24. Mark Buehrle

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24. Mark Buehrle

Mark Buehrle
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Mark Buehrle is having an impressive bounce back year for the Blue Jays. Buehrle has a 10-6 record with a 2.60 ERA in 18 starts this season. His great pitching for the division-leading Blue Jays has been what Toronto needs.

23. Yu Darvish

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23. Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish
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Yu Darvish is slowly putting together another solid year for the Rangers as well. Darvish has a 2.63 ERA and a league-leading 11.0 K/9 ratio. He is definitely an All-Star caliber pitcher for the American League.

22. Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle
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22. Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle
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This is Sean Doolittle's first All-Star Game appearance and is part of a rock solid American League bullpen. Doolittle has only walked two batters in 40 appearances, which makes him a very good choice to represent the A's on the All-Star squad.

21. Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez
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21. Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez
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Felix Hernandez just continues to be dominant for the Mariners. This is his fifth All-Star selection. Coming into Sunday, Hernandez was a ridiculous 10-2 with a 2.11 ERA. He already has 136.1 innings under his belt.

20. Greg Holland

Greg Holland
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20. Greg Holland

Greg Holland
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Greg Holland has been a solid reliever for the Royals this season, but you could have Yordano Ventura or Jason Vargas in Holland's slot as well. A complete toss-up. While Holland is on the roster, he has a 1.93 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

19. Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir
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19. Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir
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Somehow, Scott Kazmir is putting on an incredible performance for the A's this year. Kazmir has lowered his ERA to a 2.53 and has 99 strikeouts. He is looking like the prodigy he was supposed to become earlier in his career. His third All-Star selection is solidifying that notion.

18. Jon Lester

Jon Lester
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18. Jon Lester

Jon Lester
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Fighting for a new contract, Jon Lester is putting together a fantastic year. Lester has a 2.73 ERA with 122 strikeouts this season. The Red Sox's best pitcher has earned his third All-Star Game selection.

17. Glen Perkins

Glen Perkins
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17. Glen Perkins

Glen Perkins
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The main reason Glen Perkins is on this All-Star team is because of his save total (20). It's a shame someone like Joe Mauer was not selected even though he is injured. Perkins gets the home favorite nod, which may not bode well for the American League All-Stars during the game.

16. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
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16. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
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Max Schzer is the reigning American League Cy Young award winner and is making his case again this season for the award. His 10-3 record and 3.47 ERA is more than enough to get him to the All-Star Game.

15. David Price

David Price
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15. David Price

David Price
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David Price could be the next All-Star to be potentially traded this season. However, Price came into Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers with an AL-leading 153 strikeouts. His win/loss record may not be there but then against the Rays have not played very well this season.

14. Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka
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14. Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka may not pitch in the All-Star Game because of how close his last start will be with the actual All-Star Game. Tanaka has pitched very well for the Yankees since coming over from Japan. His 12 wins leads all of baseball, which is making him a prime candidate for AL Rookie of the Year and then some.

13. Victor Martinez

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13. Victor Martinez

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Victor Martinez will represent the Tigers as a designated hitter on the AL squad. Martinez has proven himself this season to be a valuable member of the Tigers. He is hitting .328/.391/.599 with 21 home runs and 55 RBIs. He would be starting if Nelson Cruz was not having a breakout year.

12. Alex Gordon

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12. Alex Gordon

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Alex Gordon may have gotten lucky to get on this team. He is only hitting .263 with 42 RBIs. Anyone of the AL Final Vote participants could have easily leaped over Gordon for his spot.

11. Yoenis Cespedes

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11. Yoenis Cespedes

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Yoenis Cespedes is bringing his arm to the All-Star Game. He is the best outfielder on the reserves for the American League and could make a big impact in the game. Cespedes is batting .262/.316/.475 heading to his first All-Star Game.

10. Michael Brantley

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10. Michael Brantley

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Michael Brantley is having an outstanding year for the Indians. His .511 slugging percentage is a testament to his great power numbers this season. Brantley has 13 home runs and 56 RBIs to go along with 20 doubles this year. Brantley does deserve his first All-Star Game selection.

9. Alexei Ramirez

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9. Alexei Ramirez

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Batting .288 this season for the White Sox, you wonder how Ramirez was picked over Chris Sale. Ramirez just has 41 RBIs this season and will serve as a reserve on the AL roster this year.

8. Brandon Moss

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8. Brandon Moss

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Brandon Moss is batting a solid .272, but he is another player who you could question for All-Star selection. Moss' power definitely pushed him to the All-Star Game with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. He could become a late threat for AL during the game.

7. Edwin Encarnacion

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7. Edwin Encarnacion

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With Edwin Encarnacion's injury, he could find himself sitting out in Minnesota instead of playing. However, Encarnacion leads the majors with 70 RBIs and has 26 home runs this year. He has been a huge part as to why the Blue Jays are on the top of the AL East.

6. Adrian Beltre

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6. Adrian Beltre

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Adrian Beltre continues to tear the cover off the ball. The Rangers' third baseman is batting .335/.382/.522 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. The 35-year-old has earned his fourth All-Star selection.

5. Jose Altuve

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5. Jose Altuve

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The little man has made it. Jose Altuve is tops in the majors with 121 hits this season and leads the league with 37 stolen bases. Altuve has been the brightest part of the Astros this season and will be very valuable to Houston in this game.

4. Jose Abreu

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4. Jose Abreu

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Jose Abreu is going to provide a major pop in the AL lineup. Abreu has an incredible 27 home runs and it is not even the break yet. Abreu is going to battle his way for a Rookie of the Year award and potentially AL MVP.

3. Matt Wieters

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3. Matt Wieters

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Originally selected as a starter, Matt Wieters is going to miss the All-Star Game because of injury. Wieters has only played in 26 games for the Orioles this season and is batting .308/.339/.500 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

2. Kurt Suzuki

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2. Kurt Suzuki

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Kurt Suzuki will serve as one of the backup catchers to Salvador Perez in the All-Star Game. Suzuki is batting an outstanding .308/.366/.400 with 34 RBIs in his first season in Minnesota. He will represent the Twins proudly this All-Star Game.

1. Derek Norris

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1. Derek Norris

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11 doubles in 64 games this season with a .899 OPS is part of the reason why Derek Norris gets to the All-Star Game. He has been fantastic for Oakland this season as the A's look to get further than the Divisional Series this year.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.