Carlos Ruiz had never come close to making the National League All-Star team before, so when it finally happened Sunday and Ruiz was announced as a reserve for the Midsummer Classic, he immediately called his mother in Panama.

"She was real happy," Ruiz said. "I can tell you that. She said congratulations like four times. She's excited."

So is Ruiz.

"I'm so happy to go," he said. "I still can't believe it. It definitely was an exciting day."

Ruiz was picked as a manager's selection by NL manager Tony La Russa, as were teammates Cole Hamels and closer Jonathan Papelbon. The game will be played July 10 in Kansas City.

It is Hamels' third All-Star selection. He also went in 2007 and last season. It is the fifth All-Star berth for Papelbon, but his first since 2009.

The three selections come with the Phillies at 36-45, in last place in the NL East, 11 games behind the Washington Nationals.

Ruiz is leading the National League with a .356 average to go along with a career-high 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. He finished a distant third in the fan voting, well behind San Francisco's Buster Posey and St. Louis' Yadier Molina, both of whom made the team.