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IL honors Freeman, Canizares

Barbaro Canizares leads the International League in batting with a .339 average. Teammate Freddie Freeman is second .319.

It’s no surprise the pair were noticed by the IL in its post-season All-Star selections.

Canizares was named the league’s top designated hitter and Freeman was named the league’s All-Star first baseman and rookie of the year.

Along with the IL’s best average, Canizares entered Tuesday with 73 RBIs, 25 doubles and 12 home runs.

Freeman, who will join the big-league Braves today when September call-ups begins, leaves his season in Class AAA with a team-best 87 RBIs and 18 home runs. He had 35 doubles and stole six bases.

The Freeman-Canizares pair are the main reason for the G-Braves late-season resurgence.

Freeman was the only non-Durham Bull to earn a league award. Manager of the year (Charlie Montoyo), most valuable player (Dan Johnson) and most valuable pitcher (Jeremy Hellickson) honors all went to Bulls. Durham started Tuesday with the IL’s best record at 84-52.