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Bay, Morneau headed to All-Star Game

OTTAWA – Canadians Jason Bay and Justin Morneau are on their way to St. Louis as both have been named to participate in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14.

Bay, from Trail, BC, was voted in to the starting lineup for the second time in his career and will be making his third appearance overall at the mid-summer classic and his first since 2006 when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The Boston Red Sox outfielder has had a stellar season thus far, hitting .260 with 19 home runs, 17 doubles and 70 RBI in 79 games this season.

Morneau for his part is in his usual form this season with the Minnesota Twins. The first baseman from New Westminster, BC is hitting .323 with 21 home runs, 22 doubles, 69 RBI and an OPS of 1.000 so far this season.

For Morneau, who was named as part of the reserves, this marks his third consecutive appearance at the All-Star Game and is the first Canadian to be named to the mid-summer classic for three straight seasons since Larry Walker did it between 1997 and 1999. 

The 80th MLB All-Star Game will take place in St. Louis in Busch Stadium on Tuesday, July 14 beginning at 8 PM ET.