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Cardinals sending two players to Futures Game

Cardinals sending two players to Futures Game

Cardinals sending two players to Futures Game
DETROIT -- Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong have been selected to represent the Cardinals in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City as a lead-in to the 2012 All-Star Game.

Taveras, a native of the Dominican Republic, was one of five outfielders selected for the World Team. Wong, who is from Hawaii, will be a part of the U.S. team roster.

The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday at 4 p.m. CT on July 8. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.

Both Cardinals farmhands have had standout seasons in Double-A so far this year after making the jump from Class A.

Taveras, who turned 20 on Tuesday, posted a .328 batting average through his first 68 games this season. Taveras has driven in 47, scored 40 runs and collected 38 extra-base hits.

He was named to the Texas League All-Star team and earned an organizational award for Player of the Month in April. MLB.com currently ranks Taveras as the Cardinals' third-best prospect. He is ranked by MLB.com as the 86th-best prospect in baseball.

Ranking not far below Taveras is Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He, too, cracked MLB.com's Top 100 prospect list and is ranked one spot behind Taveras on the Cardinals' prospect list.

After playing in his first 47 professional games last summer, the Cardinals invited Wong, 21, to their Major League spring camp this year. He then became Springfield's starting second baseman and has hit .298 through 64 games. Wong has swiped 12 bases and driven in 31.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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