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North Texans on Opposite All-Star Teams

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Clayton Kershaw (left) and Jordan Walden (right) hail from North Texas and will be playing in 2011's MLB All-Star game.

The Rangers All-Stars aren't the only players you can cheer for in the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Phoenix. A pair of local pitchers will play in Tuesday night's game.

Clayton Kershaw and Jordan Walden were teammates on the D-BAT Mustangs, an amateur baseball organization out of Carrollton.

Kershaw is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher from Highland Park. He made the National League after playing well for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 23-year-old Walden is a Mansfield High School alum. He replaces Mariano Rivera on the American League Roster. Walden is in the midst of his rookie season as closer for the Angels.

The two played three seasons together with the D-BAT Mustangs up until the 2006 Major League draft.

D-BAT President Cade Griffis is proud of the former Mustangs."This is a tremendous honor for our organization, and is a testimony to the high quality of baseball played here in the DFW Metroplex," said Griffis.

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