2013 All-Star teams announced: Ortiz, Buchholz and Pedroia get the call
The Guru Contributing Writer
The American League and National League All-Star teams have been announced. The starters were selected by fan votes. Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was voted in as the AL starting DH and starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was also named to the starting rotation but will likely be replaced due to injury. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be an alternate.
The rest of the team is selected by the players and the All-Star managers, San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy and Detroits’s Jim Leyland.
Baltimore will have three starters with St. Louis, Cincinnati and Colorado each having two players picked by fans.
A noticeable exception was the exclusion of the Dodgers Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig. Apparently NL manager Bochy didn’t think 30 big league games makes an all-star. Let the debate begin.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was the leading vote-getter for the AL and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina led the NL.
The All-Star game will be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York. The Home Run Derby will be played the day before, the Futures Game the day before that.
Here’s the starting nine for the American League team:
Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
First Base: Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Second Base: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Shortstop: JJ Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Third Base: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Outfield: Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles, Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels, Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Starting Pitching Staff: Clay Buchholz BOS, Bartolo Colon OAK, Yu Darvish TEX, Felix Hernandez SEA, Hisashi Iwakuma SEA, Justin Masterson CLE, Chris Sale CHW, Matt Scherzer DET, Justin Verlander DET.
AL Reserves: Prince Fielder 1B DET, Manny Machado 3B BAL, Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS, Nelson Cruz OF TEX, Jason Castro C HOU, Edwin Encarnacion INF TOR, Alex Gordon OF KC, Torii Hunter OF DET, Jason Kipnis 2B CLE, Jhonny Peralta SS DET, Salvador Perez C KC, Ben Zobrist INF/OF TB.
Here’s the National League starting nine:
Catcher: Yadier Molina, St Louis Cardinals
First base: Joey Votto, Cincinatti Reds
Second Base: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnatti Reds
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzski, Colorado Rockies
Third Base: David Wright, New York Mets
Outfield: Carlos Beltran St Louis Cardinals, Carlos Gonalez Colorado Rockies, Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
Starting Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner SF, Patrick Corbin ARI, Jose Fernandez MIA, Matt Harvey NYM, Clayton Kershaw LAD, Cliff Lee PHI, Jeff Locke PIT, Adam Wainwright STL, Travis Wood CHC, Jordan Zimmerman WAS
NL reserves: Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT, Dominic Brown OF PHI, Cabrera, Matt Carpenter INF STL, Allen Craig 1B STL, Michael Cuddyer OF COL, Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI, Carlos Gomez OF MIL, Andrew McCutchen OF PIT, Buster Posey C SF, Jean Segura SS MIL, Marco Scutaro INF SF.
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