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Vacaville teacher to represent Giants at All-Star Game

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OAKLAND -- Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine on Tuesday announced the 30 winners in the "Target Presents People All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.

All 30 winners, one representing each MLB club, will be included in All- Star Week activities and recognized during the pregame ceremony of the All-Star on Tuesday, July 15, at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Tracy Ruiz of Vacaville, Calif., was selected to represent the Giants. Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.

Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX's Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as "All-Star Teachers" Ambassadors to support the program.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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