Bucs McLouth Picked For All-Star Game

Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth will join the baseball's best in New York City to represent the Pirates in the 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be played on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

McLouth was voted to the National League squad through the players' vote, the same way Jack Wilson made the team in 2004.He burst out of the gate with a 19-game hitting streak. He is currently batting .280 with a club-best 56 RBIs and leads the Pirates with 15 home runs.

McLouth's numbers haven't been great since his hot start. He started off the just completed road trip battling some soreness in his left knee, only to get sick later in the week. And after an 0-for-4 night Saturday, the Pirates' center fielder saw his season average dip to .278 -- the lowest it has been all season. He responded with a 2-for-5 afternoon in Sunday's 11-6 loss to the Brewers, with a double and three RBI.

The 26-year-old McLouth, who is in his first full season as a starter, becomes the first Pirates center fielder since Andy Van Slyke (1992-93) to be elected to an All-Star Game. The Pirates were represented by Freddy Sanchez last year.

He is thrilled to be making his first All-Star appearance.

"Any time your peers feel that way about you and vote you into an All-Star game it's extremely special and it makes you feel good," McLouth said.

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