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Harvey chosen for AL All-Star team07/04/2004 8:52 PM ET
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Ken Harvey was an All-American at the University of Nebraska. Now he's an All-Star for the Kansas City Royals.
Harvey, the Royals' first baseman and designated hitter, was named to the American League team Sunday by manager Joe Torre.
"This is the biggest day of my baseball career," Harvey said, "to be on the field and acknowledged with the greatest players in the game is just unbelievable. I'm almost at a loss for words."
In his second season with the Royals, Harvey has emerged as one of the AL's most consistent hitters and, for a time this season, led the league in batting average.
Informed of his selection before Sunday's game, Harvey was instructed to keep it secret. He called his girlfriend but didn't tell his mother or family members who were at the game against the San Diego Padres.