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Salvy, Vargas named to All-Star team

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez and left-hander Jason Vargas both were selected to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Miami on July 11.

Vargas, who started his career with the Marlins, will be making his first All-Star Game appearance. He is 12-3 with a 2.22 ERA.

KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez and left-hander Jason Vargas both were selected to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Miami on July 11.

Vargas, who started his career with the Marlins, will be making his first All-Star Game appearance. He is 12-3 with a 2.22 ERA.

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"It's a nice coincidence that it's in Miami," Vargas said. "It would have been nice anywhere. Getting recognized among the best players in the game is special. I'd be foolish to say I didn't think about this."

Vargas, if he starts the game, can't wait to have his batterymate, Perez, to pitch to.

"That would be icing on the cake," Vargas said.

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Perez will be making his fifth straight All-Star appearance.

"Every one is special," Perez said. "Every All-Star Game … every player wants to go. We're going to enjoy and have fun. And that's pretty good to have [Vargas] go."

Perez is hitting .290 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. CT, 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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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