MLB All-Star Game: Yankees Lead with 6 Players, Shohei Otani Selected 2nd Again

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Angels in the city of stars Shohei Otani and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers will be in the spotlight on July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

“I think it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been in the All-Star Game and there’s something special about Dodger Stadium,” Kershaw said after the pitchers and reserves were announced Sunday. “I don’t take it for granted. Like I said before, I hope I didn’t take someone’s place that was more deserving than me, but now that it’s official and I can do it, I’m very excited about it.”

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Otani sits in a dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 10, 2022, in Baltimore.

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Otani sits in a dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 10, 2022, in Baltimore.
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A year after becoming the first two-way All-Star, Otani was selected to the American League pitching team. Major League Baseball selection, two days after fans elected him as the starting striker.

Kershaw, 6-2 with a 2.40 ERA, and pitcher Tony Gonsolin were selected from host Dodgers, joining starting outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner. Kershaw was selected by MLB and is the favorite to start the NL, which has lost eight consecutive All-Star Games and 20 of its last 23 by decision.

“I will try to take it all in as best as I can,” said the 34-year-old left-hander and three-time Cy Young Award winner. “As you age, you appreciate things a little more, so every time I go out on the field at Dodger Stadium, every time we win, every time something important happens, I try to take it a little more. currently. “

Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole, and Nestor Cortez made the Yankees’ AL team along with catcher Jose Trevino. giving New York six All-Stars for the first time since 2011. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were selected to start.

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Los Angeles Dodgers No. 22 starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the first half at Dodger Stadium on July 9, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers No. 22 starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the first half at Dodger Stadium on July 9, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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AL Houston Champion Defense has five All-Stars, with pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Jordan Alvarez selected along with starting second baseman José Altuve. Alvarez was on the injured list on Sunday with inflammation in his right hand.

World Series Champion Atlanta also five. Pitcher Max Fried, catcher Travis d’Arno, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH William Contreras joined fan-selected outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.

Contreras will DH NL instead Bryce Harper of Philadelphiawho was elected to the starting lineup, but on June 25 he broke his left thumb.

Contreras joins Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras as the first brothers in the same All-Star Game since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949 and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.

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Wilson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs (right) greets his brother, Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras during the first half of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Wilson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs (right) greets his brother, Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras during the first half of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 18, 2022.
(AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

New York Mets, st. Louis and Toronto each have four All-Stars.

Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez was selected as the only rookie and at 21, he is the youngest All-Star this year. There are 30 All-Stars for the first time, and Rodriguez, who made his debut on April 8, is among the 10 people aged 24 and under.

Otani, the current AL MVP, is hitting .260 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs and is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 20 walks in 81 innings. He has won five straight starts and is out of Wednesday’s game in Miami when he became the first player in major league history to hit 10 batters, hit two runs and steal a base.

In last year’s AL 5-2 win in ColoradoOtani went 1-2-3 in the first inning to retire Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Munsey and Nolan Arenado and lost twice.

Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a 12-pick senior All-Star and St. Louis D.H. Albert Pujols is second with 11, both picking baseball commissioner Rob Manfred under a career achievement clause in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners is assisted by third base coach Manny Acta after Rodriguez was tagged by Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman after Rodriguez stumbled en route to third after scoring a double during the first innings of a baseball game.  Friday, July 8, 2022 Seattle

Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners is assisted by third base coach Manny Acta after Rodriguez was tagged by Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman after Rodriguez stumbled en route to third after scoring a double during the first innings of a baseball game. Friday, July 8, 2022 Seattle
(AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is next with 10, followed by Kershaw and Verlander with nine each. Trout was selected for the ninth consecutive time.

AL pitchers are elected by the players, including Emmanuel Clayse of ClevelandJorge Lopez of Baltimore, Alec Manoa of Toronto and Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay along with Cole, Cortez, Holmes and Verlander.

The NL pitchers chosen by the players were Sandy Alcantara in Miami, Corbin Burns and Josh Hader of Milwaukee, Edwin Diaz of the Mets, St. Louis. Ryan Helsley of Louie and Joe Musgrove of San Diego along with Freed and Gonsolin.

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New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino, left, slaps relief pitcher Clay Holmes (35) after the team's victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in New York City.

New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino, left, slaps relief pitcher Clay Holmes (35) after the team’s victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in New York City.
(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

AL position players selected by peers were Minnesota infielder Luis Arraez, Cleveland second baseman Andres Jimenez and third baseman Jose Ramirez, Boston shortstop Xander Bogarts and outfielders Byron Buxton of Minnesota and George Springer of Toronto, as well as Alvarez, Trevino and Tucker.

The NL backups chosen by the players were the Mets first baseman. Pete Alonso, second baseman Jeff McNeil and outfielder Starling Marte, St. Louis. Third baseman Louis Nolan Arenado and outfielders Kyle Schwarber of Philadelphia and Ian Hupp of the Chicago Cubs along with d’Arnot, William Contreras and Swanson.

MLB called up seven AL players, with Otani, Rodriguez and Valdez joined by pitcher Paul Blackburn. AucklandGregory Soto of Detroit and Martin Perez of Texas along with Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

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Ronald Acuna Jr.  The #13 Atlanta Braves respond to a first inning home run in an MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Truist Park on May 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ronald Acuna Jr. The #13 Atlanta Braves respond to a first inning home run in an MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Truist Park on May 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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NL MLB variants included David Bednar of PittsburghCincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Arizona’s Joe Mantipli, and Arizona State’s Kershaw, along with Colorado first baseman CJ Kron and Washington outfielder Juan Soto.

From all 30 teams, at least one player must be included. Twenty-eight All-Stars were born outside the 50 states.