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Umpires, official scorers announced for All-Star Game

Umpires, official scorers announced for All-Star Game

The players aren't the only ones learning about their selections to the 2012 All-Star Game.

The umpire and official scorer assignments were announced on Tuesday, two days after rosters were unveiled for the event, which will be held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Gerry Davis, a 29-year Major League veteran, earned his fourth Midsummer Classic appointment and will serve as the crew chief and home-plate umpire. The St. Louis native last called the All-Star Game in 2002, when he also was the crew chief.

Davis' crew will consist of Jim Joyce at first base, Brian Runge at second, Tony Randazzo at third, Lance Barksdale in left field and Brian Knight in right. Joyce is making his third appearance at the All-Star Game, Randazzo his second and the others their first.

The All-Star appointment caps quite a first half for Runge, who was behind the plate for Philip Humber's perfect game on April 21 and the Mariners' combined no-hitter on June 8. He also worked third base for Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13.

The Midsummer Classic's three official scorers were also announced. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star is the chairperson of the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is the BBWAA President, and Del Black is the Royals' longtime official scorer.

Appointments were also made for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.

The game's Minor League umpires will be Kolin Kline of the Southern League at home plate, Tom Woodring of the Eastern League at first, Nick Bailey of the Pacific Coast League at second and Spencer Flynn of the Southern League at third. They have also been assigned to the State Farm Home Run Derby on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday. Bailey and Flynn also will work the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrities Softball Game on Sunday.

David Boyce, also a veteran scorer of Royals games, will be the official scorer of the Futures Game.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

In addition to coverage on ESPN, the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes,, ESPN Mobile TV, and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, July 9th.

The Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on's Gameday on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout

Andrew Simon is a contributor to