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Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez earns first All-Star invite; Anibal Sanchez snubbed

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gaby Sanchez said Saturday he thought the most deserving Marlin who should make the All-Star team was pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Gaby SanchezThat didn't happen -- and that surely will be something the Marlins talk plenty about before their game tonight against the Rangers. As for his own All-Star aspirations, Gaby said he really didn't have any.

"It's not something I think about, it really isn't," Sanchez said. "The way things are going right now, it's the furthest thing from my mind. If we were still going the same way we were before June, 10, 12, 15 games over .500, I would a little bit. But right now we have to go out there, win ball games, get back into that race, do those kind of things -- not making the All-Star game.

"It would be nice if it does happen of course. I would take it and smile about it."

Sanchez can smile plenty now. The 27-year old Marlins first baseman and former Miami Hurricane earned his first All-Star invite when he was selected by Giants manager Bruce Bochy as a reserve.

Sanchez, the Marlins leader in batting average and RBI, has started in all 83 games this season. His .292 average ranks 25th in NL (6th among NL first basemen) and his 46 RBI rank 15th in the senior circuit (tied for 3rd among NL first basemen). His 13 homers are second on the team and are tied for 18th in the NL (6th among NL first basemen).

Sanchez's former roommate at UM and close friend Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was the leading vote getter in the National League and one of three Hurricanes to get selected (Indians reliever Chris Perez was also).

Bochy warned people he would be biast in selecting his own players -- and he delivered. He used his manager’s pick to select the Giants Brian Wilson, Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum.

Anibal Sanchez could definitely make an argument he deserved a spot. He went 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA in the first half, struckout 111 (5th most in the NL) and tossed a complete game shutout in 1-0 a win against the Giants at AT&T Park on May 26. He also had 11 quality starts for a last place team-- just as much as Lincecum, who went 6-6 on a first place team. Vogelsong had made just 12 starts.

Anibal told reporters Saturday he wasn’t sure if he’d get the All Star nod since he was pounded for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday in his worst start of the year. Prior to that, Anibal hadn’t lost since April 10 -- a span of 14 consecutive starts.

Texas manager Ron Washington, who will manager the AL squad, said that he picked McKeon’s brain for advice on All Star selections and managing the game.

“I talked to McKeon for a half hour," Washington said. "That’s quite a lot of experience right there.”

McKeon managed the NL team in 2004.