The 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters were unveiled on Sunday. It was revealed that Alex Avila will be the starting catcher for the American League. Avila trailed New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin in the voting by more than 400,000 votes with only a day of voting left, but Avila edged out Martin for a starting spot in this year's Midsummer Classic.
Avila will be joined by three other Tigers players at the All-Star Game. Pitchers Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde made the roster for the American League, as did first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was not voted in as a starter since Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won the vote, but Cabrera made the team as a reserve.
Verlander is certainly one of the favorites to start at pitcher for the All-Star Game, but he likely won't be eligible to pitch since he is scheduled to make a start next Sunday. If that ends up happening, he will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. We could still see Valverde, who appeared in last year's All-Star Game in Anaheim, pitch in this year's game in Arizona.
Check out Baseball Nation for a look at the full 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters.