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Davis named to NL All-Star team

MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CINCINNATI -- Cubs closer Wade Davis will join his former and current manager Joe Maddon at the All-Star Game.

Davis will be the Cubs' lone representative following their World Series championship season, which is odd since the right-hander was not part of the team last year.

CINCINNATI -- Cubs closer Wade Davis will join his former and current manager Joe Maddon at the All-Star Game.

Davis will be the Cubs' lone representative following their World Series championship season, which is odd since the right-hander was not part of the team last year.

"He's done a great job for us," Maddon said of Davis. "He deserves to go. There are other guys on the cusp who are deserving. If you look at the other guys, there's no argument for me."

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Maddon will manage the National League All-Star squad, the second time he's done so for an All-Star Game. He also managed the American League team in 2009 after leading the Rays to the World Series in '08.

Davis is 16-for-16 in save situations this year with the Cubs, his first in Chicago. The right-hander pitched for Maddon in Tampa Bay from 2009-12.

This is the third All-Star appearance for Davis, 31, who had a stretch of 64 1/3 homerless innings, which ended May 24.

Last year, the Cubs made All-Star history by becoming the second team ever to have its entire infield to start an All-Star Game as Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant were elected to the NL team. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1963 Cardinals.

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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