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Three Angels 'Tribute for Heroes' finalists announced

Three Angels 'Tribute for Heroes' finalists announced

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Three Angels 'Tribute for Heroes' finalists announced

BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine announced Tuesday its "Tribute for Heroes" finalists, a national initiative recognizing veterans and military service members.

Each club has three finalists, which fans can vote on at TributeForHeroes.com. The 30 winners will be included in the All-Star Week festivities and recognized during the pregame ceremony leading up to the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field on July 16. A "Tribute For Heroes" overall winner will be featured in the July 22 issue of PEOPLE, which hits newsstands Friday, July 12.

Justin Verlander of the Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Indians, Barry Zito of the Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the D-backs, Chase Headley of the Padres and Craig Stammen of the Nationals assisted in selecting the 90 finalists, along with retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, MLB and PEOPLE Magazine.

The Angels' three finalists are Kevin Burciaga (Upland, Calif.), Cory Kamerschak (Lancaster) and Ryan Canada (Groton, Conn.).

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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