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Bevos' Leone picked for PCL All-Star team

Third baseman Justin Leone of the Portland Beavers will represent the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game July 12 at Fifth-Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

The game matches the best players from the PCL against the best from the International League.

Leone, who had more on-line fan votes than any other PCL third baseman, is batting .285 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs in a team-high 77 games this season. He leads the Beavers in games, at-bats (277), hits (79) and multi-hit games (22, tied).

Leone, 29, was a 13th-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 1999 draft and made his major league debut with the Mariners in 2004. He signed with the San Diego Padres as a minor league free agent on Nov. 9, 2005.

Both all-star teams were selected by club personnel, media representatives, league administrators and through on-line fan balloting. This year's game marks the ninth consecutive season that teams representing the PCL and IL have met; the previous 10 meetings pitted National League affiliates against American League affiliates.

Two former Beavers will join Leone on the PCL team, including catcher Mike Rivera (2002), now with Nashville, and shortstop Wilson Valdez (2005), who is playing for Las Vegas.

Four former Beavers were named to the International League All-Star team on Wednesday, including first basemen Kevin Witt (2001) and Kevin Barker (2002), pitcher Craig Breslow (2005) and veteran Ernie Young (2001), who will be making his third trip to the game.

The PCL holds a 5-3 lead over the IL in the annual event. This year's game will be on ESPN2, starting at 4 p.m. PT.