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Herd's Harvey, Cabrera, Pascucci named to IL all-star team; PawSox, Charlotte lead league with four

Closer Fernando Cabrera was elected as a starter while pitcher Matt Harvey and outfielder/designated hitter Valentino Pascucci were selected as reserves today as the International League announced its roster for the Triple-A All-Star Game July 11 in Coca-Cola Field.

The three selections are the most for the Bisons since they sent four players (Ryan Garko, Jake Gautreau, Jeff Liefer and Ernie Young) and manager Marty Brown to the 2005 game in Sacramento.

Cabrera leads the IL with 15 saves and didn't blow an opportunity until Tuesday's loss to Louisville. He's 2-3 with a 4.04 earned run average. He was named to the '05 game as well but did not play because of a promotion to Cleveland.

"It's always a good feeling to be an all-star," Cabrera said before today's game against Louisville. "It means I did something good on the season so far to be recognized. There's plenty of players who can be in the all-star game but to get chosen to represent the team is a good feeling."

Harvey, the parent New York Mets' top prospect on the Buffalo roster, is 6-3, 3.69 and leads the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts (87) in his first season in Triple-A. He's one of four IL pitchers to make 16 starts thus far.

"This being my first year in Triple-A and only my second year in pro ball, this is a huge honor for me," Harvey said. "After starting off a little slow, getting back into it and having a lot better last couple starts has been a huge positive for me."

Pascucci is only batting .238 but leads the Bisons in home runs (13), RBIs (45), walks (57) and on-base percentage (.375). He ranks eight in the IL in homers and tied for seventh in RBIs. Pascucci has experience as a hometown player, as he homered and drove in two runs for the Pacific Coast League in 2007 in Albuquerque while representing the hometown Isotopes.

"Anytime you can represent your hometown team, play in your home city and play in front of your home crowd, it's always a lot of fun," Pascucci said. "I'm looking forward to the game and having a couple of the other guys with me."

Pawtucket and Charlotte had four players named to the team while the Bisons and Indianapolis had three. All four Pawsox -- catcher Ryan Lavarnway, shortstop Pedro Ciriaco, DH Mauro Gomez and starting pitcher Justin Germano -- were elected in the combined balloting of fans, media and club officials.

The remaining IL starters are Gwinnett first baseman Ernesto Mejia, Columbus second baseman Cord Phelps, Charlotte third baseman Dan Johnson, outfielders Corey Brown (Syracuse), Greg Golson (Charlotte) and Matt LaPorta (Columbus), Lehigh Valley pitcher (Tyler Cloyd) and Toledo reliever Chris Bootcheck. The reserves include Louisville catcher Dioner Navarro, a major-league all-star in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Pacific Coast League roster will be announced Thursday.

---Mike Harrington


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