Yankees dominate AL All-Star starters
Three New York Yankees have been voted in to start the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on July 10, and the trio of shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Curtis Granderson will give the American League squad a Bronx flair up the middle.
Jeter, who led voting at shortstop at every checkpoint, will be making his 13th appearance in the Midsummer Classic, while Granderson – who himself was one of the top three vote-getters in the AL outfield all the way through voting – is making his third.
Cano is making his third straight appearance in the game, and will also be the American League’s captain for the Home Run Derby on July 9.
Jeter and Cano will be flanked by Detroit’s Prince Fielder and Texas’ Adrian Beltre at the infield corners, while Granderson will stand between Toronto’s Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers – who received a league-leading 11,073,744 votes to shatter the all-time record Bautista had set in 2011.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will be the AL’s designated hitter.
The Yankees had a fourth player named to the team as well, as pitcher CC Sabathia was selected for the AL staff by manager Ron Washington; however, Sabathia will not play due to injury.
The reserves the American League team are: catchers Matt Wieters (Baltimore) and Joe Mauer (Minnesota); Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko; Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler; Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera; shortstops Elvis Andrus (Texas) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland); designated hitters Adam Dunn (Chicago) and Billy Butler (Kansas City); and the outfield trio of Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Los Angeles Angels Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.
With Sabathia out of the game, the starting pitchers include Matt Harrison (Texas), Felix Hernandez (Seattle), David Price (Tampa Bay), Chris Sale (Chicago), Justin Verlander (Detroit), and both Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson of the Angels.
Oakland’s Ryan Cook, Baltimore’s Jim Johnson, Texas’ Joe Nathan, Cleveland’s Chris Perez, and Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney were chosen from the AL’s relief corps.
Fans will have the chance to vote for the AL’s 34th man until Thursday on MLB.com, with fan voting determining which pitcher – Jonathan Broxton (KC), Yu Darvish (Texas), Ernesto Frieri (LAA), Jason Hammel (Baltimore) or Jake Peavy (Chicago) – will round out the staff.
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