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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt voted to All-Star Game as National League starter

For the second consecutive season, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be going to the Midsummer Classic.

This time, however, he’ll be doing so as a National League starter.

Goldschmidt, who finished play Sunday with a .310 batting average to go along with 16 home runs, NL-leading 32 doubles and 58 RBI, is the first D-back to be voted into the All-Star Game since Luis Gonzalez achieved the feat back in 2001.

Claiming the starting nod was not difficult for the 26-year-old, as he cruised (3,516,890 votes) to a comfortable victory over Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (1,888,648 votes) and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (1,746,904 votes).

The NL MVP runner-up from a season ago is also the first player from Arizona to play in back-to-back All Star Games since right-hander Dan Haren (2008-09).

The 2014 All-Star Game takes place July 15 at Target Field and can be seen on FOX starting at 5 p.m.

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