PHOENIX — Major League Baseball announced today left-handed pitcher Wade Miley was selected as a reserve for the National League team in the All-Star Game to be played July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Second baseman Aaron Hill was named one of five finalists for the NL for the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote presented by Firestone. Fans are encouraged to vote as often as possible on MLB.com and can use hashtag #FinHillVote to support Hill on Twitter: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2012/fv/ballot.jsp.
Miley's first All-Star berth makes him the first D-backs rookie to participate in the Midsummer Classic. Miley is the 17th rookie pitcher to be named to the NL All-Star Team and first since the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis in 2003. He is the 18th player in franchise history selected to the team and seventh pitcher, joining Dan Haren (2), Randy Johnson (5), Byung-Hyun Kim (1), Curt Schilling (2), Jose Valverde (1) and Brandon Webb (3).
Among NL starters (min. 10 starts), the 25-year old ranks tied for sixth with 8 wins, tied for third with 15 walks, tied for eighth with 30 runs allowed and tied for 16th with a 2.85 ERA (27 ER in 85.1 IP) and .229 opponents average. After opening the season in the bullpen with a trio of appearances, he moved into the starting rotation on April 23. In 13 starts, he is 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA (27 ER in 85.1 IP) and .229 opponents average with 15 walks and 64 strikeouts. Overall, in 16 games (13 starts), he is 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA (30 ER in 94.0 IP) and .227 opponents average with 19 walks and 66 strikeouts. At the plate, he is batting .345 (10-for-29) with 2 doubles and a RBI. His 8-game hitting streak from April 14-June 1 tied for the second-longest streak by a pitcher since 2000.
Hill, 30, recently made national headlines after hitting for the cycle twice in 11 days, on June 18 vs. the Seattle Mariners and on June 29 at the Milwaukee Brewers, to become the second player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish the feat (also Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Robins on May 18 and July 24, 1931). Two other players, both of the American Association, hit for a pair of cycles in a season: John Reilly (1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings) and Tip O'Neill (1887 St. Louis Browns).
Among NL second baseman, Hill ranks first with 33 extra-base hits and a .514 slugging percentage, tied for first with 5 triples and 11 home runs, second with a .297 average, 82 hits, .359 on-base percentage, third with 38 RBI, fifth with 17 doubles and 25 walks. Hill reached base safely in 21 straight games from April 12-May 4, tied for the ninth-longest streak in the NL this season. In 74 games, Hill is batting .301 (84-for-279) with 35 runs scored, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and .362 on-base and .516 slugging percentages. In 37 home games, he is batting .360 (50-for-139) with 12 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs and 24 RBI.
Fans can cast votes for the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote presented by Firestone on MLB.com and dbacks.com now until balloting concludes at 1 p.m. Arizona time on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
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