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Victorino, Duke head IL All-Stars08/30/2005 6:24 PM ET
By Daren Smith / MLB.com
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons outfielder Shane Victorino and former Indianapolis Indians left-hander Zach Duke headline the International League All-Star team, announced Tuesday.
Victorino won Most Valuable Player honors after establishing career highs in virtually every offensive category. The 24-year-old is eighth in the league in batting (.310), third in hits (153) and slugging percentage (.534), first in runs (93) and triples (16) and tied for first with 59 extra-base hits.
One of the IL's top defensive outfielders, Victorino was hitting .343 on June 22 before posting five straight multi-hit games. As of Tuesday, he was riding a 22-game hitting streak, the second-longest in the league this season.
Kelly Shoppach of the Pawtucket Red Sox is the All-Star catcher for the second year in a row, Brian Daubach of the Norfolk Tides is the designated hitter and Ryan Garko of the Buffalo Bisons is the utility player. Travis Bowyer of the Rochester Red Wings is the relief pitcher.
Jones leads the league with 59 extra-base hits, is tied for third in the league with 27 homers and won the home run derby competition at the Triple-A All-Star Game in July. Castro has established a team record with 157 hits and is third in the IL with 41 stolen bases.
Upton ranks in the top five in several offensive categories, including hits (158, first), steals (43, second), doubles (35, third), runs (91, second) and on-base percentage (.391, third). Encarnacion earned a spot, despite playing just 78 games before a promotion to the Major Leagues. He batted .314 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs with Louisville.
Griffin leads the league with 91 RBIs while posting career bests in homers (26), hits (120) and runs (74). He is the first member of the SkyChiefs to earn postseason All-Star honors since 2001. Granderson hit .290 with 15 homers, 65 RBIs and 22 steals in 111 games with the Mud Hens. He has had two stints in the Majors with Detroit, where he is batting .267 with four homers and nine RBIs in 17 games.
No IL catcher has thrown out more would-be base stealers than Shoppach (34), who has posted career highs with 26 homers and 75 RBIs. Daubach leads the league with a .338 batting average, .434 on-base percentage and .581 slugging percentage, despite spending more than a month with the New York Mets. Garko, who received votes at catcher, first base and designated hitter, is batting .306 with 19 homers and 76 RBIs.
Bowyer had just nine career saves entering his first Triple-A season but is third in the IL with 23. The 24-year-old right-hander has fanned at least one batter in 48 of his 57 appearances and owns a career-high 93 strikeouts.
Red Wings left-hander Francisco Liriano was named Rookie of the Year. In just 13 IL starts, the 21-year-old is 9-1 with a 1.67 ERA. His combined total of 194 strikeouts is tops in Minor League Baseball, and opponents are hitting just .172 against him.
With his Mud Hens headed toward the best record in the IL, Larry Parrish was named Manager of the Year. Since grabbing sole possession of first place in the Western Division on June 23, Toledo is 40-25 to clinch its first postseason appearance since 2002. Parrish is the first Mud Hen to win the award since Jack Tighe in 1967-68.
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