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20 offbeat facts about the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game is sure to receive extra attention July 16 as it's played in New York at Citi Field, the home of the Mets. Here is a collection of facts, mostly offbeat, to enhance your enjoyment of the midseason classic.

- Ross AtkinStaff writer

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer shares some words with plate umpire Ed Hickox in the fourth after being called out for the second time on pitches by New York Yankees pitcher David Phelps in a baseball game, July 4, 2013 in Minneapolis. (JIM MONE/AP)

1. American League All-Stars who were first-round draft picks

In a clear indication that baseball scouts have a sharp eye for identifying talented prospects, 24 players in this year's All-Star Game were first-round draft picks, 13 from the American League and 11 from the National League.

Here are the first-round draftees on the AL roster, starting from highest player chosen:

Joe Mauer: 1st pick of 2001

Catcher, Minnesota

Justin Verlander: 2nd pick of  2004 …. Pitcher, Detroit

Alex Gordon: 2nd pick of 2005 …. Outfield, Kansas City

Manny Machado: 3rd pick of 2010 … Third base, Baltimore

Prince Fielder: 7th pick of 2002 ….  First base, Detroit

Jason Castro: 10th pick of 2008 …. Catcher, Houston

Max Scherzer: 11th pick of 2006 …. Pitcher, Detroit

Chris Sale: 13th pick of 2010 …. Pitcher, Chicago White Sox

Torii Hunter: 20th pick of 1993 …. Outfield, Detroit

Glen Perkins: 22nd pick of 2004 …. Pitcher, Minnesota

Mike Trout: 25th pick of 2009 ….  Outfield, Los Angeles Angels

Adam Jones: 37th pick of 2003 …. Outfield, Baltimore

Brett Cecil: 38th pick of 2007 …. Pitcher, Toronto


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