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Jackson manager Jim Pankovits to coach in All-Star Futures Game

Jackson has won the Southern League North first-half title with a 42-28 record

Jim Pankovits, the manager of the Seattle Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals, has been named a coach for the U.S. Team in the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to be held Sunday, July 8th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Pankovits is in his second year with the Mariners organization managing the Generals. With the Generals currently in the All-Star break, Pankovits led Jackson to the Southern League North first-half title posting a 42-28 (.600) record.

Rosters for the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be announced Thursday afternoon.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 14th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a USA vs. World format. The game will begin at 2 p.m. PT and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide play-by-play coverage on MLB Network Radio XM 89 in addition to its other comprehensive live coverage from Kansas City. All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Kauffman Stadium, culminating with the 83rd All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th.

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