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DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Germán Márquez will represent the host team in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

Márquez, 26, became the club’s eighth pitcher to earn All-Star selection. This is his first selection to the mid-season classic.

“It was a very emotional moment for me,” he said through an interpreter after striking out 11 in the Rockies 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. “There was all sorts of excitement. I do this for the team, my family and all of my friends and fans in Venezuela.”

Márquez is 7-6 this season for the Rockies with a 3.59 ERA. In June, he went 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA in six starts. 

He is also the only Rockies player this year selected for the All-Star Game.

The 2021 All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field on Tuesday, July 13.

Rockies pitchers selected as All-Stars:

• Mike Hampton, 2001
• Shawn Chacon, 2003
• Brian Fuentes, 2005-07
• Aaron Cook, 2008
• Jason Marquis, 2009
• Ubaldo Jiménez, 2010 
• Greg Holland, 2017